Year in, year out, Mo Abudu keeps proving to the world that that you don’t have to be a man to be the best at what you do. She keeps making women, her country and her continent proud, with her great work and her fine spirit. For her, her limit is beyond the sky.
Read more on why she is absolutely a woman we love.
Mosunmola Abudu, is one of the most powerful names in the media world. She has broken barriers and defied odds, and is unquestionably one of the greatest women in Africa. She is a proud Nigerian from Ondo town, Ondo State but carries a dual nationality. She was born on the 11th September, 1964 in Hammersmith, West London to Mr and Mrs Lawrence Akintunde and attended the Ridgeway School, Mid-kent College and West Kent College. She later gained her Masters Degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Westminster in London.
She relocated to Nigeria in 1993, and got a job with ExxonMobil which was known then as Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited. She headed the Human Resources and Administration department of the oil company, and the position taught her a lot about business discipline and how to build a corporate culture.
In the year 2000, Mo left Mobil to start up her own company VLA (Vic Lawrence & Associates) which became one of the fastest growing human resources consultancy firms in Nigeria.
But for Mo that wasn’t all she wanted, she had a passion to tell the African story the right way. So she birthed Inspire Africa, a platform dedicated to celebrating the African culture and diversity.
Moments with Mo through Inspire Africa took a place in the heart of the viewers, a daily talk show that celebrated Africans in general, their achievements and their future goals. The show hosted Celebrities, Governors, Presidents, and Nobel Laureates. She also hosted the then U.S Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton and Christine Legarde – the then M.D. of the International Monetary Fund.
The success of the Moments with Mo Show and the intention to change the world’s perception of the African continent, led her to be compared to Oprah Winfrey.
In 2013, Mo Abudu launched Ebony Life TV, airing in more than 49 countries in Africa, the UK, and the Caribbean. She also signed a 3 year deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) co-producing Dahomey Warriors, a TV series that told the story of the Amazons who took on French colonialists in the 19th century. That year she also started Ebony life Films, a platform she uses in telling amazing stories such as Fifty, Wedding party One and Two, Chief Daddy and Your Excellency.
In 2013, Forbes Africa recognized Mo Abudu as the first African woman to own a Pan-African TV channel; she was also in the same year listed as one of the 25 most powerful women in the globe by the Hollywood reporters. In 2014, WomenWerk in New York awarded her as the entrepreneur of the year and Babcock University honored her with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
In 2019, Mo was awarded the MIOTV´s 2019 Medailles d´Honneur, in Cannes, France; this brought her to be the first African to receive the prestigious award.
Mo is the proud mother of two children, Temidayo and Adekoyejo Abudu, and has just recently being blessed with a grandson.
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