by Duke Magazine
Mo Abudu

Mosunmola Abudu, generally known as Mo Abudu, is a Nigerian media personality, media giant, and a humanitarian.

She was birthed, and grew up in the United Kingdom, where she spent her childhood and young days. She attended the Ridgeway School and West Kent College, before proceeding to obtain her bachelors and master’s degree at the University of Westminster, London.

Mo Abudu launched EbonyLife TV in 2006, a network televising across the nooks and crannies of the Africa continent, also in the Caribbean and UK. EbonyLife Tv is a subsidiary of Media and Entertainment City Africa (MEC Africa), and is situated at Tinapa Resort, Calabar, Cross River State (South-South Nigeria). 

Plausible to her media career, Mo Abudu established EbonyLife Films, her debut film as an executive producer was Fifty. Teaming up with The ELFIKE Collective in 2016, she produced the exhilarating wedding-scripted movie, The Wedding, the film that became the highest-grossing title of all time in the Nigerian movie industry.

Having a drop of expertise in all specs of media, Mo Abudu works as the Executive Producer and host of a TV talk show, Moments with Mo, which is the first syndicated daily talk on Sub-Saharan Africa television.

By October 2009, over 200 episodes had been recorded and aired with insightful topics culminating from lifestyle, through health, culture, politics, entertainment, tradition, to music and inter-racial marriages. Prominent guests have come to grace the invitation for the educative talk show; these include celebrities, Presidents, Nobel Laureates, and the 67th US Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton. Abudu says the show “highlights the life and accomplishments of a usually well known, but sometimes an undiscovered African individual who by his or her own tenacity and determination has accomplished something, overcome something or been a catalyst for something that makes her or him a role model to others.

Mo Abudu has added innumerable recognitions to its achievement cart.

Forbes Africa recognised Abudu as the first African woman to own a Pan-Africa TV channel in 2013, She was at the same year listed as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV by The Hollywood. In 2014, Mo Abudu received the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women Werk in New York. Mo Abudu also went ahead to win the MIPTV’s 2019 Médailles d’Honneur, in Cannes, France, making her the first African to be a recipient of the prestigious award. Mo Abudu was listed in the 2020 Powerlist, listing the Top 100 of the most influential people in the UK from African/African-Carribean descent. 

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