Call For Application: Sprouters’ Free Mentorship Program

SPROUTERS is now accepting applications for her 2012 online mentorship program.

We would like to invite all interested teenage girls, between the age of ten and twenty, who have a passion for creative writing, to submit an application for Nigeria’s pioneer online mentorship program.

This is a great opportunity for young writers at any stage of experience to have their talent honed by nine mentors of repute: Unoma Azuah, Ayodele Olofintuade, Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu, Abimbola Adelakun, Temitayo Olofinlua, Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi, Abimbola Dare, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, and Ugo Chime.

Mentees will be taken through a robust set of writing and critical analysis skills. They will be directed towards great literary works of fiction and encouraged to understudy these writings. The program will raise awareness on domestic and global issues affecting women and girls, encouraging mentees to write on these subjects.

SPROUTERS is a yearly program, and is free for all mentees.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: First fifty applications. Early submission is therefore strongly advised.


  1. Must be citizens of Nigeria, resident anywhere in Nigeria.
  2. Must be female.
  3. Must be between the ages of ten to twenty. Older applicants should please send an email to requesting exemption, and wait for clearance before proceeding with their application.
  4. Must have access to the internet, either owned by them or by someone who would permit them the use of it.
  5. Must have the time and passion to follow it through to the end. This is a long term program.

All applications must be backed up by verification from a referee. The following are eligible to act as referees: Teachers. Parents. Church leaders. Published writers (books and newspapers). Known editors. Members of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), or other writing groups. Referees may be citizens of any country, and do not have to be resident in Nigeria.


The editor will select a maximum of fifty mentees on the basis of the application submitted, which should include:

  • §  Uploaded Passport Photo: Use jpeg, jng format. Size should not exceed 300×300.
  • Personal Statement – In no more than 200 words, mentees should tell a little bit of themselves. There is no right or wrong answer.
  • Writing Sample: In no less than 300 and no more than 450 words, showcase your best work (short story/poem). Mentees should choose subjects that interest them the most.
  • All applications must be submitted through the online application form:
  • Applications must be written in English.

To read more about SPROUTERS, please go to

For additional information, contact us at: Email:, Tel: +2348024345207

8 thoughts on “Call For Application: Sprouters’ Free Mentorship Program” by Ugo Chime (@Flourishing-Florida)

  1. I think this is a noteworthy effort – it’s something that would keep the little girls away from unwanted/unplanned pregnancies and other troubles.

    It’s really nice. We’ll help anyway we can.

  2. Hmmn, seun, you sound like you care.

    1. And you think I don’t?

  3. Unplanned pregnancies?!
    @seun, what has this got to do with you guys not pestering the poor girls?

    1. Which guys? Please be specific.

      Why would I be bothered to chase around some small girl who does not know the difference between me and boys? That’s boring, stupid and generally unproductive.

      I do women. Women who know what they want – and are not afraid to go for it.

      So…what ‘guys’?

  4. Do I need to forge a birth certificate? This is really cool for them. @seun, you forget they’ll have access to the internet. Ticket….

    1. Yeah. But the more occupied they/their minds are…

      The less distracted they’ll be/have time for.

      Win-Win if you ask me!

  5. Good effort. Only that church leaders are among those who could serve as referees. What about Imams/mosque leaders except the programme is not meant for people of other faiths.

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