You could be the next illustrator of MTV Shuga!



You could be the next illustrator of MTV Shuga!

Johannesburg, 26 May 2017Call for Entries: If you’re an illustrator with serious talent looking to get a big break, this could be it. MTV Breaks is searching for creative illustrators and colourists to translate the multi-award winning television drama series MTV Shuga into a unique and original comic book.


Draw one of the MTV Shuga: Down South characters and upload it to Instagram, using the hashtag #MTVShugaComicBook. Check out for reference.

Your entry will be judged by a panel, including the renowned visual artist Loyiso Mkize, who has specialised in both illustration and painting and is the founder of Loyiso Mkize Art. He has been on the comic book scene for nearly 10 years and has been involved in numerous South African comic books, including Supa Strikas.

If you fancy yourself the next Loyiso, you need to be between 18 and 25 as well as a South African citizen to enter the competition. You also need to be available from 14 June to 29 September and should not have worked professionally as an illustrator before.

Not only will you have the opportunity to get your work produced on an original MTV Shuga comic, but the winner will be mentored by the award-winning Loyiso and will receive R5000 towards tuition fees.

If illustrating and colouring are what you do best then enter now! 
Check out for details

MTV Shuga: Down South can be viewed on SABC 1 on Fridays at 22h00 and Sundays 20h00 CAT.  The series is also available on the MTV Shuga You Tube Channel, .

MTV Shuga: Down South is supported by the South African government’s Department of Basic EducationPEPFAR (The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)Marie Stopes International,ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action MSM & Transgender ProgrammeCIFF (Children's Investment Fund Foundation) and FHI 360 (Family Health International).
MTV Shuga: Down South is produced on behalf of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base by Quizzical Pictures.
To continue the conversation about MTV Shuga: Down South, please go to, like MTV Shuga on Facebook, or follow MTV Shuga on Twitter or Instagram@MTVShuga using the hashtag #MTVShugaDS.

For more media information, imagery or comment, please contact:

Kerry Oliver
The Lime Envelope
T: 011 467 9233

About MTV Shuga
Pioneered in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009, “MTV Shuga” is a long-running drama series and multimedia campaign that follows the lives of young people on the African continent. Aired on MTV channels around the world, the content is also offered rights-free to 3rd party broadcasters and content platforms, and used as a teaching aid by educators, healthcare workers and grassroots HIV/AIDS organisations around the world. Over four series, the drama has crossed the continent from Kenya to Nigeria and touched on numerous plotlines relating to HIV and safe sex including HIV testing, stigma, living with HIV, mother to child transmission, transactional sex, gender-based violence, and condom use. “MTV Shuga” is multi-award winning, most recently winning the Third Sector Award for Big Impact and the World Media Festival, Gold Award for Edutainment & Intermedia-Globe Grand Award (2016). It is broadcast globally on 179 broadcasters.

To view full episodes of “MTV Shuga”, series 1-4, please visit


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