Monday, June 18, 2012

Akon, Russell Simmons, Alek Wek, Obasanjo For MTV Meets With MTN Season 2



    MTV Base Meets...with MTN returns to television screens across Africa on 1 August 2012 on the back of a highly successful first seasonthat saw African youth make positive life-changing decisions after meeting their heroes on the show. 
First initiated in 2011, MTV Base Meets…with MTN is a motivational youth empowerment and mentorship initiative and multimedia campaign that connects African youth with the thought leaders, opinion formers, decision makers and role models who shape their world.
   Sponsored by Africa’s leading mobile operator, MTN, Season 2 of MTV Base Meets…With MTN features an exciting and varied line-up of interviewees, including leading figures from the realms of entertainment, politics, fashion and sport,hand-picked to inspire African youth to fulfil their full potential.   Among the opinion formers and thought leaders taking part in the series is Senegalese-American R&B and Hip-Hop artist Akon,alongside other world-famous personalities including Hip-Hop pioneer and entrepreneur,Russell Simmons, South Sudanese supermodel  Alek Wek ,His  Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President & Head of State, Nigeria, and Togolese international soccer star and Manchester City striker, Emmanuel Adebayor.

In each episode of MTV Base Meets…with MTN, ambitious youngAfricans from all walks-of-life pose hard questionstohigh-profile “thought leaders” about issues close to their hearts – in an intimate and informal environment, with no questions off-limits.  Topics on the agenda includeentrepreneurship, education, youth culture, politics, sport, racism, gender issues and the African Renaissance.

Youth panellists who asked the questions in Season 1 of MTV Base Meets...with MTN included students, journalists, bloggers, models, comedians, actors, musicians, humanitarian campaigners and poets.  The series inspired young entrepreneurs from around the African continent to change their lives after meeting with their heroes. 
    Starting 18 June 2012, MTV Base and MTN will run a pan-African competition offering young African viewers the chance to appear in the final episode of MTV Base Meets…with MTN.  Eight young people will win an all-expenses paid trip to meet with Akon in the USA in September 2012.

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