MTV Base Meets… with MTN is an initiative from MTV networks (VIACOM International Media networks – VIMN) where select youths from various parts of Africa meet role models that inspire them. They sit to an intimate and informal question and answer session of how their stars followed through with their dreamsthrough to achievement.
The Senegalese-American recording artist, Akon was featured in the final part of season 1. The business mogul met with MTV VJ Vanessa Mdee and five passionate young Africans from all over the continent on Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles, California in September 2012. The topics discussed revolved around finding purpose, education, fame, Akon’s joy of collaborating with Michael Jackson amongst others, developing the careers of T-Pain and Lady Gaga and most interestingly, his new role as actor.
MTV Base Meets… with MTN features influential people from all works of life who come to talk to these youths about the stories behind their success. Amongst people that have been on the show are: Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanj; South African politician; Winnie Madikizela-Mandela; Togolese international soccer star, Emmanuel Adebayor; Hollywood actor Idris Elba; Hip-Hop pioneer and entrepreneur, Russell Simmons and South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek.
Season 2 of MTV Base Meets…with MTN airs across Africa on MTV Base (DSTV Channel 322) and on staions across the continent, including STV (Nigeria), Spectrum TV (Cameroon), Viasat (Ghana), Rwanda TV (Rwanda), Swazi TV (Swaziland), Muvi TV (Zambia) and NTV (Uganda).