The Nigerian Entertainment Personalities of the Decade (2009 – 2019): MO ABUDU

Posted on January 10 2020 , at 10:18 am
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Media Entrepreneur

Chairman & CEO EbonyLife Media

At 55, Mosunmola ‘Mo’ Abudu has become an institution in the African media space. It didn’t happen overnight.

A more frequently told story is how shortly after her decade-long stint as Head of Human Resources at ExxonMobil, and with no experience whatsoever in TV, she had approached DSTV to pitch the idea of her TV show. But her passion for telling the African story preceded this period. 

It was from her days having to explain to her white classmates in Kent that they didn’t live in trees back home in Africa that Mo’s passion began to take form. This passion grew to become ‘Moments With Mo’, the first syndicated daily talk show in Africa. It also gave birth to Africa’s first global black entertainment network, EbonyLife TV and subsequently, EbonyLife Films – a venture that has seen her produce some of the highest grossing Nollywood movies of all time, including ‘The Wedding Party’ and ‘Chief Daddy’.

There are just a handful of people who have been able to tell and sell the African story as brilliantly as Mo Abudu has in the past decade. And perhaps there is no bigger pointer to that fact than her long list of global and local accolades.

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