Friday, 28 September 2012
AKON STARS IN SEASON FINALE OF MTV MEETS
Among the topics discussed by Akon and the group are fame, ambition, education, how to find and develop your talent, cultural cross-over and the importance of fighting for what you believe in. Akon also talked about the importance of developing his art, the joy of collaborating with other artists such as Michael Jackson and The Fugees, his role in developing the careers of T-Pain and Lady Gaga and his latest reinvention – as a movie actor.
Comments Mark Gwamaka, “The great become great because they keep on learning all the time.”
“He has taught me to put the past behind me and focus and progress,” says Annah Mabasa.
Adds Catherine Nkonjera, “I love the fact that he talked about finding your talent ‘cause even if it’s uncool you just have to do it.”
Akon is one of seven high profile ‘influencers’ to have featured in Season 2 of the youth empowerment series, including South African politician Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Hip-Hop pioneer and entrepreneur, Russell Simmons, South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek, His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, Togolese international soccer star Emmanuel Adebayor and Hollywood actor Idris Elba.
First initiated in 2011, MTV Base Meets…with MTN connects African youth with the thought leaders, opinion formers, decision makers and role models who shape their world. Season 2 of MTV Base Meets…with MTN airs across Africa on MTV Base (DSTV Channel 322) and on terrestrial stations across the continent, including STV (Nigeria), Spectrum TV (Cameroon), Viasat (Ghana), Rwanda TV (Rwanda), Swazi TV (Swaziland), Muvi TV (Zambia) and NTV (Uganda).
In each episode of MTV Base Meets…with MTN, ambitious young Africans from all walks of life pose hard questions to high-profile “thought leaders” about issues close to their hearts – in an intimate and informal environment, with no questions off-limits. Topics on the agenda include entrepreneurship, education, youth culture, politics, sport, racism, gender issues and the African Renaissance.
To date, youth panellists asking the questions have included students, journalists, bloggers, models, comedians, actors, musicians, humanitarian campaigners and poets.