WOA Mentorship Programme


The What’s On Africa Cultural Journalism Programme is a project supported by the British Council (Nigeria) – with the aim of supporting the growth and development of a robust cultural journalism sector in Nigeria and beyond; and build links between UK and African journalists and publications.

Mentorship Programme – How it Works

  1. Participating journalists are selected from participants to a workshop – and/or an open application process. This year’s participants are from a British council cultural journalism workshop held in Nigeria.
  1. Participants submit articles on topics selected by the What’s On Africa editorial team and our chosen mentors – on a bi-monthly basis.
  1. These articles are read by the What’s On Africa – editorial team and separated into two categories:- Feedback pieces
    – Strong Pieces
  1. Both categories are scored on a 3 point score – with general feedback and comment from the editorial team for the Feedback pieces – and for the Strong pieces, feedback is given by the the mentors.
  1. Feedback on submitted articles is shared with all mentees – along with the original pieces.
  1. An overall winner of each article challenge is picked from the ‘Strong Pieces’ – based on the total of the mentors’ 3 point score.
  1. All articles are published on the What’s On Africa site – Strong pieces with a ‘light edit’ – and feedback pieces with a close edit.
  1. Mentees also benefit from being part of a group – and part of the aim of the programme is to facilitate strong connections between the participating writers and journalists.