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Young African Entrepreneurs Discuss Technology, Innovation & Development with Bill Gates on a New Episode of “MTV Base Meets…”



Bill Gates with the panelists

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa is excited to reveal that Bill Gates is to appear on a special episode of “MTV Base Meets…”

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates will make a special TV appearance in MTV Base Meets Bill Gates, discussing his views on the future of African technology, innovation and development with a group of African youth.

The show sees Bill Gates sitting alongside a panel of leading African tech entrepreneurs, innovators and social investors. They include Nigeria’s Chris Kwekowe (23), George Mtemahanji (23) from Tanzania, Brian Gitta (24) from Uganda, Thato Kgathlanye (23) and Siya Xuza from South Africa (27) and Martha Njeri Chumo (21) from Kenya.


The episode with Bill Gates was recorded in Durban, South Africa during Bill Gates’ visit to the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in July. The show will premiere in Nigeria on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Friday, August 5th 2016 at 6.30PM.

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, said

African youth are amazingly entrepreneurial, creative and committed to contributing to a positive future for the continent. We are delighted to create this platform for them to access and interact with Bill Gates, one of the world’s most visionary businessmen and philanthropists and to learn from his insights and experience.

The show connects opinion formers and thought leaders with African youth by creating an intimate forum in which young people can pose candid questions about issues affecting their lives and futures. Previous participants in the MTV Base Meets series have included FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Winnie Mandela, musicians Alicia Keys, Akon and Hugh Masekela, Sir Richard Branson, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, businessman and entrepreneur Aliko Dangote, and many more.

See some photos from the meetup:

Panelists with Bill Gates Bill AND the panelists 1 2 9 Alex Okosi Alex Okosi, Bill gatesBill Gates4 8

Photo Credit: MTV Base Africa


  1. Samuel

    July 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Nice post

  2. soulsuit

    July 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    This is nice!

  3. ThankGodForMe

    July 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Can somebody please tell them that is the richest man in the world?

    • Jade edo babe

      July 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      So what should they do? They should not stand or sit next to him. African mentality, of how a rich person carries himself and how others should behave is so backward.

    • Damilola

      July 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      Hehehe..maybe they should sit on the floor while he’s the only one worthy to sit on a chair. Sometimes, I believe it’s better so much wealth and power in not in the hand of Africans because there will be high level of abuse of power and money.

      I respect Bill Gates and how involved he is with education, malaria and expanding technology to Africa. I don’t agree with his whole GMO agenda though.
      Two of my siblings had full Gates millenium scholarship in college and we will forever be grateful for it.

      Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, this is how you give back. Not asking for more money and say so you can help more orphans. How exactly are you helping with what you have now?

  4. JB Phone Kiosk

    July 22, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Well, his appearance on the show is an inspiration to many youths in Africa.

  5. 'Diddie

    July 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    n It would have been nice if the video was uploaded for us to watch here

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