MTV CELEBRATES NIGERIA'S INDEPENDENCE

…..Tags it “I love Naija”

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nigerian independence on 1 October, MTV base (DStv Channel 322 is celebrating Nigerian contemporary music, with a special “I Love Naija” themed weekend running from 1 to 3 October.

During this long weekend, MTV will pay tributes to Nigeria’s finest contemporary musicians.

Some of the programs lined up for ‘I love Naija’ includes a special Naija-themed edition of DJ Takeover, hosted by Naija legend DJ Snypes, official DJ to Nigerian pop icon 2Face Idibia. Premiering on Friday October 1 at 21:00 (Nigeria local time)

Others include Story of Seun Kuti - an intimate portrait of one of Nigeria’s most intriguing music stars, A special Nigerian edition of MVP: Most Voted Playlist - Nigerian Super Stars, Leaders of the Nigerian Nu Skool - an MTV base special focusing on the Nigerian hip hop scene at 20:00.

For MAMA fans anticipating the 2010 awards in Lagos, there will also be a screening of the 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain from Abuja, Nigeria on Saturday 2 September at 19:00 (Nigeria local time),, and a glance back at the Road To Mama - Lagos on Sunday 3 September at 18:00 (Nigeria local time).

Also, a rundown of Naija’s Top 20 Best Videos, A look back at the 2007 MTV/MTN VJ search which launched Cynthia Okpala to TV Fame, A retrospective on BNC Fashionably Loud, the fashion-and-music spectacular on Sunday at 21:00 (Nigeria local time),Classic episodes of MTV base Spotlight featuring Styl Plus /Positive Black Soul and 2FACE/Lebo Mathosa

In works is a the premiere of a mammoth new music collaboration featuring Dbanj, Eldee, Naeto C, MI, Wande Coal and Banky W on an as-yet un-named track commissioned specially by MTV base and produced by Eldee. The music video of the track, directed by Clarence Peters, will air exclusively on MTV base for a month starting mid-October.

MTV base will also debut Base Select, a hot new interactive weekly request show hosted by MTV VJ Cynthia C-VON Okpala.

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