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MTV Base unveils its Top 3 finalists for the Nigeria VJ Search competition

Published: 16 January 2013

MTV Base has revealed the names of the three talented newcomers battling it out for fame and fortune in the MTV Base VJ Search competition.

Going head-to-head in the last stage of the channel’s search for a new MTV Base VJ, are 26-year-old Ada Ogunkeya; 25-year-old, Ehizojia Okoeguale; and 22-year-old, Kemi Owatemi.

The victor will win a contract with MTV Base worth 10 million Naira plus a brand new car and other exciting prizes.

Lagos born Ogunkeya is an on-air personality at 92.3 Inspiration Radio. A self-confessed “life enthusiast”, Ogunkeya’s Twitter page describes her as an “opinionated, impulsive giggle-bot, knowledge fiend, natural hair lover, dancer, and all round dude”. According to her, ‘I feel like I’ve been preparing for this moment my whole life – it feels right.”

Smart and witty Owatemi (Dahlia to her friends) loves dancehall music and Rihanna in equal measure. The personal motto of this young novel-loving Capricorn is “Happiness is Key”, and she describes her personal style as “more denim than silk”.

Happy-go-lucky jobseeker and computer electronics graduate Okoeguale, aka Special Slim, is always the life and soul of the party. With a personal mantra that states “Be the best you can be because at the end of the day you can only answer for yourself”, old-skool funk fan Okoeguale numbers Fela Kuti, Born Jamericans and LL Cool J among his favourite artists - and loves the colour red because it represents both love and danger.

Ogunkeya, Okoeguale and Owatemi 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. The winner will join Sizwe Dhlomo and Nomuzi Mabena on MTV Base’s in-house talent roster, presenting their own chart show on MTV Base, channel 322 on DStv.

The winner in the MTV Base VJ Search – Nigeria competition will be selected by the judges during the Grand Final in Lagos, on Friday, 25 January and revealed on MTV Base on Tuesday, 29 January. MTV Base VJ Cynthia C-Von Okpala and MTV’s newest South Africa VJ, Nomuzi Mabena, will share emcee-ing duties at the gig, while celebrity artists Iyanya, Ice Prince and Burna Boy will be helping the three finalists to complete their final challenges.

One will be able to see Ogunkeya, Okoeguale and Owatemi showing off their stuff in the next two episodes of the MTV Base VJ Search – Nigeria, on MTV Base, channel 322 on DStv at 18:30 on Tuesday, 22 and Tuesday, 29 January and on STV at 18:00 on Thursday, 24 and Thursday, 31 January.

For more information on the MTV Base VJ Search, visit www.mtvbase.com, Instagram, or Facebook. Follow the conversation with @MTVBaseAfrica on Twitter, using the hashtag #BaseVJSearch.

The Beat 99.9 FM and Rhythm 93.7 FM are the official media partners of the MTV Base VJ Search - Nigeria.
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