First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama is the latest opinion former to participate in MTV Base’s ground-breaking pan-African TV series, MTV Base Meets…
Four potential South African leaders of tomorrow were hand-picked to meet Mrs Obama in a special edition of MTV Base Meets Michelle Obama. They included Grade 10 student – Mirriam Kgokane, Aubrey Baloyi (Grade 12), 16 year old Teboho Tenyane and Grade 11 student Keamogetswe Rakgoadi (17) from Johannesburg.
Taped at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, on 29 June during the Obama’s state visit to South Africa, MTV Base Meets Michelle Obama will premiere to 52 territories across sub-Saharan African on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Friday 19 July at 17.00 CAT.
The panelists’ discussion with Mrs Obama was viewed by hundreds of teens and young people from across South Africa at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, while others joined the conversation from L.A., Kansas City, New York City and Houston via Google+ Hangout.
A relaxed Michelle Obama spoke passionately about education, leadership and dreaming big, while revealing an easy-going style and infectious sense of humour. Mrs Obama also talked about the importance of role models in young people’s lives, citing President Mandela as one of her own inspirations and describing Madiba’s release from prison as “one of the most important moments in the history of civilization.”
MTV Base VJ Sizwe Dhlomo anchored the event, fielding questions from around the world. R&B superstar John Legend joined students in Los Angeles to participate in the event while singer and actress Victoria Justice, ambassador for girl empowerment campaign ‘Girl Up’, beamed in from Houston.
MTV Base Meets Michelle Obama premieres on MTV Base on Friday 19 July at 17.00 CAT (repeats: Saturday 20 at 12.30 CAT; Sunday 21 July at 10.00 CAT; Monday 22 July at 20.30 CAT and Friday 26 July at 20.00 CAT. Further repeats are scheduled for MTV Base’s themed “Women’s Weekend” (Saturday 10th August at 15.30 CAT, Sunday 11 August at 10.00 CAT and Sunday 11 August at 18.30 CAT).