Mo Abudu, born Mosunmola Abudu, is much more than just a businesswoman. She is a Nigerian media mogul, a recognized philanthropist, and a former human resources consultant with an atypical career path. Nicknamed the Oprah Winfrey of Nigeria, she is shaking up the entertainment industry and establishing herself as a key figure in the African audiovisual landscape.

Born in London in 1964, Mo Abudu grew up between the UK and Nigeria. A graduate in Human Resources from the University of Westminster, she began her career in the UK before returning to Nigeria in 1993. Her talent and leadership propelled her to the head of human resources at ExxonMobil, an oil giant.

A tireless entrepreneur, she didn’t stop there. She founded Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited, a consulting firm, and was involved in the design of the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park. But her true passion lies elsewhere: in the world of entertainment.

In 2006, she launched “Moments with Mo”, a talk show-style television program that met with great success. Building on this first triumph, she founded EbonyLife Television in 2013, the first pan-African entertainment channel. A daring bet that paid off. EbonyLife produces quality series that are broadcast internationally, challenging the often stereotyped image of Africa conveyed by Western media.

An influential and visionary woman, Mo Abudu does not go unnoticed. Honored with honorary doctorates and listed by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world and on television, her influence extends beyond the borders of the African continent. In 2023, the British government appointed her Creative Champion for the next UK-Africa Investment Summit. Harvard University also welcomes her as an Associate Member of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

Mo Abudu is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the African Leadership Award, the BET International Global Impact Award, and the Forbes Africa Person of the Year Award. She is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy Awards).

Mo Abudu is the embodiment of the Nigerian dream and of an ambitious and conquering Africa. Her meteoric rise and audacity make her a source of inspiration for the entire current generation and certainly for those to come. With her career, she shows the ability of women to manage multiple missions and with success. She also proves by her story that African women can shine in business and lead empires with a queen’s hand. She has paved the way for a new era of African entertainment that now shines internationally.

Pélagie Blewussi

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