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MTV Base meets Mo Ibrahim

22 May, 2017

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MTV Base Meets delivers another inspired episode that connects Africa’s visionary young people with leading figures. This exclusive not-to-be-missed special was broadcast on Sunday 21 May at 18:00 CAT on MTV Base (DStv channel 322). This platform presents us with a candid chat that’s at once hilarious, insightful and groundbreaking with Sudanese globalist Mo Ibrahim. He explores everything from clean governance to Africa’s broadband deficit.

The conversation is moderated by MTV Base VJ Sizwe Dhlomo. He presides over a select group of young people quizzing and comparing notes with Mo Ibrahim on how Africa can overcome its most pressing challenges. They also find a way to share a transgenerational African dream for the world.

These trailblazing young leaders include Mariam Yinusa, a Nigerian economist and financial analyst who was inducted as a Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellow in 2016; from Ghana, activist Ritchie Teye-Mensah (Richard Kweitsu), an entrepreneur and co-Founder of Kurdle Limited; Robtel Neajai Pailey from Liberia, who is a post-doctoral researcher at Oxford University; Tunisian blogger activist Aya Chebbi who calls herself a “full-time Pan-Africanist”; and Moroccan Web entrepreneur Hamza Aboulfeth, who is Chairman and CEO of Genious Communications which he started when he was only 17 years old. The name of Mo Ibrahim has long since become synonymous with progressive leadership on the African continent and philanthropy. He has made it his business to name and fame African leaders in governance who are doing good. He says in this wide-ranging conversation, “politicians who are doing amazing things must come out of the shadows!”

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President & Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, commented:

MTV Base Meets provides a unique and youthful platform that connects ground-breaking innovators and leaders with young people from across the continent, who want to understand what it takes to be successful. The light-hearted yet in-depth spirit of the conversations gives audiences a never-before-seen side to the leaders who shape not just our continent, but the world.

Previous participants in the MTV Base Meets series have included FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Winnie Mandela, musicians Alicia Keys, Akon and Hugh Masekela, Sir Richard Branson, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, businessman and entrepreneur Aliko Dangote and, most recently, Bill Gates.

Broadcast times:

South Africa
Premiere: Sunday, 21 May @ 18:00CAT
Repeats: Wednesday, 24 May @ 22:00CAT
Sunday, 28 May @ 22:CAT

Rest of Africa
Premiere: Sunday, 21 May @ 19:00WAT
Repeats: Tuesday, 20 May @ 22:00WAT
Sunday, 28 May @ 18:00WAT

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