It was a night of exhilarating fun and non-stop excitement as MTV Base celebrated 14 years of showcasing African music to the world. The Mainland Block Party takeover was not only compered by MTV Base VJ, Nenny B, alongside actor, Bolly Lomo but also featured performances from A-list musicians such as Zlatan, Chinko Ekun, Skiibii and Ycee.
With over 1500 party goers in attendance, the MTV Base partnered event featured everything from dance competitions to a relaxing poolside for guests to unwind at. When asked about why it is important to create such a complete experience for MTV Base fans, Solafunmi Oyeneye, Senior Channel Manager of MTV Base, said: “At MTV Base, we like to go big or go home. We knew that including our faithful audience in this year’s anniversary celebration was something we had to do, so it was imperative to ensure that they came to a party that would give them the complete MTV Base experience that they have come to know and love.”
Fans of the channel were not the only ones present at the celebration party. A number of A-list celebrities such as Falz, Niniola, Zlatan, Skiibii, Ycee, DJ Spinall, DJ Neptune, Reekado Banks, Dada Boy Ehiz, Sammy Walsh, Folu Storms, Bizzle Osikoya, Tosin Ajibade (Olorisupergal), Sensei Uche, Kemi Smallz, Mr. Real, CDQ, Jaywon, Iyanya, Okiki DFT and Blaqbonez.
Oluwakaponeski, Victor AD, Sess Beats, Lyta, Somto Cody Akanegbu, SamPhrank, Tomi Thomas (Mayorkun’s manager), Shakar El, Awazi as well as Osagie John-Osarenz also made appearances at the party. It was truly a memorable moment for many of the attendees as they got to interact with their favourite A-list celebrities. Speaking on the exciting jubilatory night, MTV Base VJ, Dada Boy Ehiz had this to say:
“MTV Base has helped a number of careers in this industry move to the next level, including mine, so it is great to see all these musicians, managers and talent come out to celebrate the platform that showcased and continues to showcase African excellence to the world.”
Missed the event? Fret not! Highlights from the action packed night will air on MTV Base Channel 322 (DSTV) and Channel 72 (GOTV). See pictures from the anniversary below.
MTV base is a 24-hour English language music television channel reaching 48.5 million African viewers in 10.5 million households in 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. MTV base is available across Africa on satellite (pay-TV) on DStv and GTV (pan-Africa) and on terrestrial television on partner stations TV3 (Ghana), NTV (Kenya), Silverbird TV (Nigeria), Hi TV (Nigeria) and NTV (Uganda). Targeted at mass African youth, MTV base is MTV’s first bespoke channel for the African market and features the continent’s broadest mix of contemporary artists and music genres. Launched on 22 February 2005, MTV base combines African and international music genres relevant to young African viewers including R’n’B, dancehall, hip-hop, kwaito, hip life, reggae, zouk, m’balax and Afrobeat, celebrating the cultural vibrancy and creativity of African music and artists. MTV Networks Africa operates through MTV Networks Europe (a partnership between MTV Networks Europe Inc and Viacom Networks Europe Inc).