by Rachel Ogbu
Music channel MTV Base unveiled the 32 lucky qualifiers in the MTV Base Nigeria VJ Search competition, after the auditions in Lagos on Saturday November 2.
You remember Uzor Osimkpa – the determined, talkative last-woman-standing who coulda woulda shoulda won this year’s edition of the Gulder Ultimate Search?
Well, she’s barely wiped the dust off her shoes and paid the millions into her account, and she’s on the move again.
It was the competition that made Cynthia “C-Von” Okpala famous and now thousands of young hopefuls turned out for the auditions at Fantasy Land – fired with excitement at the prospect of getting through to the next round in the MTV Base VJ Search contest and winning a job representing MTV Base (DStv Channel 322 & STV).
Apparently no small deal, the list also includes a Nollywood front-liner, Beverly Naya. Among the qualifiers are model Fredman Abraham (24), singer Meredine Roth (22), rapper Idris Mohammed (23), hair stylist Michael Martins (25), job-hunter Charmaine Muoneme (24), among others who made it through to the next stage after submitting their video entries online, via email or via BBM.
At stake is a one year contract with MTV Base and Fantasy Land was buzzing with ambitious young contenders as they queued up to audition for the gig of a lifetime. Celebrities BasketMouth, Brymo, L.O.S. and Burna Boy also dropped in to lend their support at the auditions.
Also present were celebrity judges Banky W, Toolz and Funke Akindele who will join MTV Base’s Tim Horwood in the next stages of the competition, televised on MTV Base and STV in January 2013.