Lagos, 26 January 2013: MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) has announced that Ehizojia “Ehiz” Okoeguale (@SpecialSlim) has triumphed in the MTV Base VJ Search – Nigeria. The 25 year old beat runners up Ada Ogunkeye (@Folustorms) and Kemi Owatemi (@SsmallzZ) to win the grand prize – a job contract with MTV Base worth 10 million Naira, and a brand new car!

The new VJ will also host his own brand-new weekly MTV Base chart show, The Official Naija Top 10 (#BaseNaijaTop10, airing on MTV Base, STV, NTA and AIT from 5 March. 

Happy-go-lucky jobseeker and computer electronics graduate Ehiz Okoeguale,a.k.a. “Special Slim”, is always the life and soul of the party. With a personal mantra that states: “Be the best you can be because at the end of the day you can only answer for yourself”, old-skool funk fan Ehiz numbers Fela Kuti, Born Jamericans and LL Cool J among his favourite artists.  He also loves the colour red because it represents both love and danger!

Ehiz was chosen by a panel of judges comprising Banky W (@BankyW), Toolz (@ToolzO), Funke Akindele ‏(@funkeakindele)and MTV Base’s Tim Horwood (@timohorwood) during the Grand Finale at D’Banj’s new night club One Eleven in Lagos on Friday 25 January. Also participating in the Grand Finale were artists Iyanya, Ice Prince and Burna Boy, whileMTV Base VJ Cynthia C-Von Okpala andMTV’s newest South Africa VJ, Nomuzi Mabena, shared emcee-ing duties at the gig.

Speaking after the Grand Finale, a delighted Ehiz said he was feeling, “Great, happy, speechless, everything in one... I don't know what to say.  All I can say is: I'm not lucky, I'm blessed!”

Commenting on behalf of MTV Base, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa said, “It is very exciting to welcome Ehiz on board – he was a standout contestant, combining great on-air presence with a fun personality and distinctive personal style. Ehiz has exactly what it takes to be a great MTV Base VJ and we are confident that he is going to be a great representative for our brand.”

Tune into the Grand Finale of the MTV Base VJ Search – Nigeria on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Tuesday 29 January at 18:30 WAT, on STV on Thursday 31 January at 18:00 WAT and on AIT at 21:30 WAT on Wednesday 30 January.  A special bonus episode, focusing on Ehiz’s journey to the entertainment gig of a lifetime will broadcast on MTV Base and AIT on Tuesday 5 February, on NTA on Wednesday 6 February, and on STV on Thursday 7 February.

For more information  ( Follow the conversation on Twitter at @MTVBaseAfrica using the hashtag #BaseVJSearch.   The Beat 99.9 FM and Rhythm 93.7 FM are the official media partners of the MTV Base VJ Search - Nigeria.

Check out pics of the afterparty below!

MTV Base VJ Search Nigeria After Party!

MTV Base VJ Search Nigeria After Party!

Ada, Ehiz and Kemi arrive at the after party for the MTV Base VJ Search Nigeria Grand Finale