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The African Media Industry Trailblazer: Mo Abudu

Mo Abudu is a Nigerian media mogul, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She was born on September 11, 1964, in London, UK, to Nigerian parents. She spent her childhood in the UK before moving to Nigeria to study at the University of Lagos, where she earned a degree in Law.

Abudu began her career in the UK as a recruitment consultant, but she later moved back to Nigeria and worked in the oil and gas industry. She then worked as the head of corporate affairs for the oil giant ExxonMobil, where she gained valuable experience in corporate communications, public relations, and marketing.

In 2006, Abudu founded EbonyLife TV, a multi-platform entertainment network that produces and broadcasts TV shows, films, and other media content. EbonyLife TV has grown to become one of the leading media companies in Africa, producing popular shows like “Moments with Mo” and “The Wedding Party,” which became the highest-grossing Nigerian film of all time.

In addition to her work in media, Abudu is also a philanthropist and advocate for women’s rights. She is the founder of the Inspire Africa Foundation, which supports education, skills training, and entrepreneurship programs for young people in Africa.

Abudu has received numerous awards and honours for her work, including the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Women, Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Awards in 2013, and the MIPTV Médaille d’Honneur award in 2019, which recognizes industry leaders who have made a significant contribution to the global television industry.

Overall, Mo Abudu is a trailblazer in the African media industry and a role model for young women entrepreneurs across the continent.

Written by Taiwo Afolayan

Taiwo is a multinational award-winning Art & IT Consultant and a Certified Management Consultant. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Fashionistar Africa, Co-Founder of Argitech Limited, and an SDGs Advocate. He has over 10 years of experience in journalism, digital artistry, analytics, and photography. He enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and cycling.

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