I am truly inspired by the amazing Mo Abudu, the CEO of EbonyLife TV. If you are wondering who Mo Abudu is, just flash back to the movies Wedding party, Chief Daddy, Royal Hibiscus, yes, those were all Lady Mo’s creative works. Hey, let’s get to know some more details about her…
Who really is Mo Abudu, the CEO of EbonyLive TV?
Mo Abudu was born in London, the United Kingdom in September 1964. Interestingly, she hails from Ondo town in Ondo State Nigeria. She is a successful Entrepreneur, Media Personality, Talk Show Host, TV producer, Human Resource Consultant and founder of EbonyLife TV. For her many successful works, she is described by Forbes as one of “Africa’s most successful women” and by CNN as the “African Oprah”.
Some gist about her Family Life
Lady Mo Abudu lives in Lagos, Nigeria. She was formerly married to Tokunbo Abudu. And they have 2 children together – a Son and a Daughter.
Mo Abudu attended the Ridgeway School, Mid Kent College, and West Kent College. She got her Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Westminster in London.
Her Career Life
Lady Mo Abudu started her professional career as a Recruitment Consultant in 1987 with the Atlas Recruitment Consultancy firm in the UK. She later moved on to work with Starform, a reputable business information firm. She also worked as Head of Human Resources and Training for Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (Exxon). She successfully completed her responsibilities by the year 2000.
Her Journey into Entrepreneurship
As an HR Consultant, in 2000, Mo Abudu started a privately owned HR development company called Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (VLA). Lady Mo Abudu is also the co-owner of the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park, Lekki Expressway, Lagos. The hotel is worth over N2b. Set on over a hectare of land, and comprising of state-of-the-art conferencing and leisure facilities, the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park is a 5-star hotel and no doubt among the best Proteas in Nigeria.
Her Venture into TV
In 2006, Mo Abudu started EbonyLife TV, a network airing in more than 49 countries across Africa, as well as in the UK and the Caribbean. This made her the first woman on the African continent to own a pan-African TV channel called EbonyLife TV. According to reports, “the channel is worth N2b”. EbonyLife TV is a channel on DSTV which has over 15million viewers in 44 countries including the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Her flagship talk show, Moments with Mo has hosted an impressive list of guests that includes Hilary Clinton, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mohammadu Buhari, Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Wole Soyinka among others.
She is the creator and executive producer of The Debates —a reality TV show with the aim of giving Africa a voice and is also the founder of The Inspire Africa Foundation.
Mo Abudu’s Film making Expertise
In 2014, Mo Abudu ventured into filmmaking with the record-breaking “Fifty,” via her production company EbonyLife Films. In 2016, she co-produced “The Wedding Party,” which premiered It on 8 September 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada . Upon release, the film became the highest grossing Nigerian film; and thereafter this record was broken the following year by his second part The Wedding Party 2.
Another of her film, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, a comedy and romance film was released in a 2017 and screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2018, she released another movie Chief Daddy, a comedy movie which got off to a superb start, selling over N40 million worth of movie tickets in its first three days of regional release. No doubt, Mo Abudu always gets her creative groove on.
Mo Abudu’s Philanthropist Work
Mo Abudu is also a philanthropist. She has a foundation known as Inspire Africa Foundation in partnership with Moreno Construction, The Harbour, which has completed a one-hundred-bed home for street children in Lagos.
Some of Mo Abudu’s Awards and Achievement
- In 2013, Forbes Africa recognized Mo Abudu as the first African woman to own a Pan-Africa TV channel in 2013. Hollywood Reporter also listed her as one of the 25 most Powerful Women in Global TV in 2013.
- Mo Abudu was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women Werk, New York in 2014. She was honored with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from Babcock University, Nigeria.
- In 2017, she was awarded ‘IoD Entrepreneurial Award’ awarded by the Governing Council of the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoDN) .
- In 2018, she was listed among the 100 Africa’s Most Successful Women by Forbes and was also named on The Powerlist 2018.
- In 2018, the University of Westminster awarded her, an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts, in recognition of her services to broadcasting and enterprise in Nigeria.
- Early in 2019, she received a Gold membership card as a Director in the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences.
- We sure are counting down to her receiving Médailles d’Honneur award in Cannes, France in a few months.
Mo Abudu is sure one woman pushing and breaking all barriers on her way and achieving great feats through her inspiring works. I love these words she gave in an interview with Variety she said, “I don’t really see my work as work…I just love what I do.”
We say many thanks to Lady Mo Abudu, the CEO of EbonlyLifeTV for putting Africa on the global scale through her many-sided creative works.