He was crowned winner for his efforts in promoting free knowledge sharing culture in Africa.
“I was awarded this year based on my activities on the African continent and for organising the second edition of the African Wikimedia conference,” Nartey, 27, told africanpostonline in an interview.
“One of the things I have done is to try to help other communities in the continent to grow so I travel to places where Wikipedia has no reach and try to help extend their reach,” Nartey adds.
Although, Nartey developed passion for technology when he was in the primary school, he built a lot of skills around it and took it up a notch after a life-changing experience at a Google summit he attended in Kenya.
After the summit, Nartey returned to Ghana poised to activate his community and the youth to buy into technology and use it efficiently, thereby leading to the organisation of his first ever mini-conference in Tema .
“I got to learn about Wikipedia during the conference and ever since I have been editing Wikipedia in 2012,” he said.
Nartey joined the Wikimedia movement in 2012, working on content gaps on Wikipedia projects- information about his country, Ghana and the African continent is not on the same level as Europe and North America so he sought to reverse the trend.
Additionally, he has researched possible ways to encourage people from his community to participate in a project like Wikipedia and its sister projects, and put them into practice through leading in-person initiatives and activities to help promote Wikipedia and help new participants find resources for their contributions.
Felix Nartey is currently the Global Coordinator for the Wikipedia Library at the Wikimedia Foundation and one of his core duties involves scaling up the Wikipedia Library programme, to non-English speaking countries in regions where Wikipedia does not have reach. Adding to that, he runs an Organisation called Open Foundation West Africa which seeks to champion the course of the open movement and also help the youth build skills around technology and use it more efficiently.
Nartey was once a Google ambassador at Central University College where he had his University education.
Wikimedian of the year is an annual tradition to honor the efforts of one of the movement’s exceptional contributors. Wales, the founder of Wikipedia announces the winner every year during his closing speech at Wikimania since 2011.