Funke Akindele Joins Banky W, Toolz As MTV Base VJ Search Judge


Popular Nollywood actress, writer, producer and director, Funke Akindele (@funkeakindele) has been revealed as the final judge for the MTV Base VJ Search – Nigeria.

Entertainment industry veteran Akindele, who recently featured on the cover of Genevieve magazine, will join previously announced judges, Banky W, Toolz and Tim Horwood to select the brand new VJ.  The lucky winner of the talent search will become one of the key faces of the music network, hosting programmes on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and on the MTV Base block on STV.

“I feel honoured to be working with one of the biggest youth entertainment brands in the world. It is very inspiring to be involved in a project like the MTV Base VJ Search which offers such an exciting opportunity for young people who want to break into the entertainment industry,” Funke says.

Hundreds of young Nigerians have already sent in their online auditions while thousands more are expected to turn up at the MTV Base VJ Search auditions, which will take place on Saturday 1 December at Fantasy Land, Lagos. Superstars Ice Prince, Wizkid, Davido and Burna Boy will also be on hand to lend their support to contestants.

The winner of the MTV Base VJ Search Nigeria will follow in the footsteps of veteran MTV Base VJ Cynthia “C-Von” Okpala who triumphed in MTV Base’s first ever Nigerian VJ search in 2007.

For more information on the MTV Base VJ Search, please go to, or follow the conversation about the search on Twitter at @MTVBaseAfrica, follow the auditions in images on Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica and use the hashtag #BaseVJSearch.

The MTV Base VJ Search – Nigeria TV series will begin airing in January 2013.