MTV CELEBRATES NIGERIA’S INDEPENDENCE WITH “I LOVE NAIJA”

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To mark Nigeria's Golden Jubilee, MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) is celebrating Nigerian contemporary music, with a special "I Love Naija" themed weekend running from Friday 1st to 3rd October. During this long weekend, MTV will pay tribute to Nigeria's finest contemporary musicians.

Some of the programs lined up for 'I Love Naija' include a special Naija-themed edition of DJ Takeover, hosted by legendary DJ Snypes, who is also the official DJ to Nigerian pop icon 2Face Idibia. This show will debut on Friday October 1 at premier 9pm. There's also the 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 hiphop scene at 8pm.

For MAMA fans anticipating the 2010 awards in Lagos, there will be a screening of the 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain from Abuja, Nigeria on Saturday, October 2 at 7pm, and a glance back at the Road To Mama – Lagos on Sunday 3 October at 6pm.

Also on the lineup of programmes are Nigeria's Top 20 Best Videos and flashback on the 2007 MTV/MTN VJ search which launched Cynthia Okpala to TV Fame as well as a retrospective on BNC Fashionably Loud, the fashion-and-music spectacular on Sunday at 9pm. Others are Classic episodes of MTV base Spotlight featuring Styl Plus /Positive Black Soul and 2FACE/Lebo Mathosa.

On the line up is a the premiere of a grand 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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