A dive into the illustrious life of an African Media Maven, Mo Abudu.
Nigerian media entrepreneur and talk show host, Mosunmola Abudu popularly known as Mo Abudu has attained a great deal of success in a variety of sectors with nearly a decade as an executive at ExxonMobil.
As the Creator and Hostess of “Moments with MO”, she made her mark in the media. As a result, it has garnered her the title of “Africa’s first lady of chat”.
Mo Abudu was dubbed “Africa’s Africa” by world media because she is adamant about rewriting Africa’s history. She’s doing this through her Ebony Life platform, which features Africa-rich programmes.
Mo has featured Hillary Rodham-Clinton, President Muhammadu Buhari, and Christine Lagarde, among others. Additionally, the show was the first of its kind to be syndicated across Africa.
Importantly, Forbes described her as Africa’s Most Successful Woman. In addition, Mo Abudu has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Babcock University. Furthermore, she’s been named one of Hollywood Reporter’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV”.
Let’s take a look into 10 things you probably didn’t know about Mo Abudu.
1. Mo Abudu was born in London
Mo Abudu was born in London, United Kingdom, on September 11, 1964. However, her family moved to Lagos, Nigeria, when she was seven years old. Later, Abudu lived with her grandparents on their cocoa farm in Ondo State.
2. Mo Abudu’s First Degree is in HR Management
She graduated from the University of Westminster in London with a master’s degree in HR management. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and has completed occupational and personality tests.
3. Mo Abudu Started Her Career as a Recruiting Consultant
She began her work as a recruiting consultant in the United Kingdom in 1987. Later, she rose through the ranks to become a branch manager. Abudu managed the Corporate Credit Management Exhibition for the Starform Group from 1990 to 1992.
4. Mo Abudu Founded a Thriving Human Resources Firm
In the year 2000, she founded Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited, specialised human resources firm. Later, at the Protea Oakwood Park Hotel in Lagos, she established an executive training centre.
5. Mo Abudu’s Ebonylife TV broadcast in over 49 African countries
Mo Abudu, a Nigerian media magnate. She is one of the world’s most powerful women in the media. Abudu founded Ebonylife TV in 2006. The network platform now broadcasts in more than 49 African countries, as well as the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.
6. Mo Abudu is a mother
Mo Abudu is a mother of two children – Temidayo and Kojo Abudu. She was married to Tokunbo Abudu, a lawyer. Unfortunately, the marriage ended in October 2021.
7. Mo Abudu Struck a Multi Title Deal with Netflix
Abudu’s EbonylifeTV has forged big partnerships with Sony Pictures Television, AMC Networks, and Netflix throughout the years. The partnership with Netflix was the first time an African media business has signed a multi-title film and television deal with the streaming behemoth.
8. Mo Abudu is Ardent Promoter of African Oratory
She is the founder and executive producer of The Debaters, a reality show that premiered on October 3, 2009. Guaranty Trust Bank was a sponsor. The event aims to give Africa a voice through oratory.
9. Mo Abudu’s Non-Profit Effort
She is the creator of The Inspire Africa Foundation, a non-profit organization. The platform is dedicated to generating funds for societal-changing projects.
Abudu’s non-profit partnered with her TV talk show, Moments with Mo, to host a telethon and a charity benefit performance titled “Rock with a Conscience” in January 2009.
Also, the Lagos State Government and UNICEF gave their support to the programme. Later, the funds were used to support street children.
10. Mo Abudu has Received Several Awards
She has received various honours. One of which is the Forbes Media Award for being the first African woman to start a Pan-African TV channel. And the Women Werk Award for Entrepreneur of the Year in New York.
Importantly, she was the first African to receive the MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur 2019 in France. Abudu was on the 2020 Powerlist of the top 100 most important individuals of African heritage in the United Kingdom.