This Day (Lagos)

23 January 2013

Nigeria: Battle Rages for MTV Base's N10 Million

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MTV Base’s finalist

The life train conveying 26 year-old Ada Ogunkeya, 25 year-old Ehizojia Okoeguale and 22 year-old Kemi Owatemi is approaching an interesting bend that will open up a vista of opportunities for the one who will emerge as the new MTV Base VJ in Nigeria. The last time this train journeyed this way was five years ago when it transported Cynthia Okpala (as she was then known, now Mrs. Ozoemena) into history and fame as MTV Base's first ever Nigerian VJ in 2007.

Apart from cruising around town in a nice yellow branded car, Cynthia hosted many MTV Base programmes and showbiz events, co-hosted the syndicated radio show "MTN Yellow Top 10 Countdown" and starred as "Ify" in MNet TV series "Tinsel".

MTV Base is set to give out a brand new car, a N10 million contract and other exciting prizes to the VJ Search winner. For Ada, an on-air personality at 92.3FM Inspiration radio , Kemi and computer electronics graduate Ehiz-the three talented newcomers battling it out in the MTV Base VJ Search competition, fame and fortune is at their doorstep as the winner will be selected by the judges during the Grand Finale in Lagos on January 25 and revealed on MTV Base on January 29. The winner of the MTV Base VJ Search - Nigeria will be offered a three-year contract subject to compliance with company performance reviews.

The event will feature MTV Base VJ Cynthia C-Von Okpala and MTV's newest South Africa VJ, Nomuzi Mabena, who will share emcee-ing duties at the gig, while celebrity artistes Iyanya, Ice Prince and Burna Boy will help the three finalists complete their final challenges.

Lagos born Ada is a self-confessed "life enthusiast". According to Ada, 'I feel like I've been preparing for this moment my whole life - it feels right!" Smart and witty Kemi (Dahlia to her friends) loves dancehall music and Rihanna in equal measure. She describes her personal style as "more denim than silk". Happy-go-lucky jobseeker Ehiz, a.k.a "Special Slim" is always the life and soul of the party. She loves the colour red because it represents both love and danger.

Ada, Ehiz and Kemi were hand-picked by judges Banky W), Toolz, Funke Akindele and Tim Horwood after competing against thousands of applicants in the MTV Base VJ Search - Nigeria auditions in December.

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