Watch Out For South African Activist Desmond Tutu Today On ‘Mtv Base Meets… With MTN’ At 20:30 CAT

MTV Base Meets…with MTN returned to television screens across Africa on the 1st of August 2012, on the back of a highly successful first season that saw African youth make positive life-changing decisions after meeting their heroes on the show.


Today’s show will feature South African peace activist and one time Nobel Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The program which was taped in Cape Town will show on Mtv Base (DSTV Channel 322) and will be presented by Mtv VJ Sizwe Dhlomi and air at 20:30 CAT. It will also air on terrestrial channels in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, Swaziland, Zambia and Uganda.



Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Tutu will be to meeting with four passionate young panelists, 20 year old Nigerian politics and international relation student Zaphia Ovia, 19 year old South African novelist and BA English Literature and politics student Andy Petersen, 24 year old Ghanaian entrepreneur and business student MakatuAyimey and 24 year old African studies student Tatenda Muranda from Zimbabwe. Subjects on discussion will include peace, tolerance, activism and faith.


80 years old Tutu was the first black Archbishop in Cape Town and primate of the church of the Province of South Africa. During the years that Nelson Mandela was in prison, he spoke out against the apartheid regime and this earned him a Nobel peace prize in 1984.


Each episode of MTV Base Meets…with MTN features ambitious young Africans from all walks-of-life pose hard questions to high-profile “thought leaders” about issues close to their hearts – in an intimate and informal environment, with no questions off-limits. Topics on the agenda include entrepreneurship, 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.


The current Season 2, which started on 18 June 2012, will see MTV Base and MTN 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.


The first season of MTV Base Meets…with MTN saw Nobel Prize laureate and President of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, go head-to-head with the continent’s youth in Monrovia, while Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame faced a youth panel in Kigali. The other six opinion formers who laid themselves open for the probing questions of their young questioners include Grammy-winning R&B artist Alicia Keys, controversial South African politician Julius Malema and legendary musician and activist Hugh Masekela.


To learn more about MTV Base Meets…with MTN, or to view clips from Season 1, please go to or Connect with the campaign on Facebook at or join the conversation on Twitter at #MTVMEETS.


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