On today’s edition of Naijazzy Famous and Interesting people, we have Nigerian’s foremost media mogul, Mosunmola Abudu popularly known as Mo Abudu. She is not just a media mogul; she is also a philanthropist and former human resources management consultant.
Below are some interesting facts about her
Mo Abudu was born on 11 September 1964 in London, to Nigerian parents who originally belonged to the Ondo state. She was the eldest of three sisters. Her parents relocated to Nigeria when she was seven years old and they began to live in Lagos.
Her father died when she was 12 years old, after which she returned to the UK for further studies. She attended Hammersmith County Secondary School and moved on to the Ridgeway School in Kent, where she lived with her local guardian in the affluent township of Tunbridge Wells.
She went on to West Kent College and Mid Kent College before she completed her master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster, London.
During her days in the university and shortly thereafter, she had a brief modelling stint. However, having done her master’s in HR she started her career as a recruitment consultant in the UK in 1987. Later she joined the Starform Group and managed their Corporate Credit Management Exhibition for two years.
From 1993 to 2000 she worked for Arthur Andersen and headed the Human Resources and Training unit for Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited. She valued this exposure as in gave her the understanding of the corporate world that helped her with her own business endeavours later in life, when she relocated to Nigeria.
She went on to establish her own human resources development company called Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (VLA). One of her projects was to develop an executive training centre at the Protea Hotel in Oakwood Park, Lagos.
She was in her late twenties and her children were entering their teens, when she decided to make a complete shift in her career from HR to media and show business. In her opinion it was the only way that she could make the impact she wished to make on people’s view of Africa.
She entered show business in Nigeria by taking on the role of Executive Producer and host of the television talk show called ‘Moments with Mo’. The show covers a cross-section of topics including lifestyle, health, culture, politics and entertainment. She has interacted with a wide spectrum of celebrities on the show, ranging from Presidents, Nobel laureates and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The show is aired on M-Net to 48 African countries.
She is also the creator and Executive Producer of the reality show called ‘The Debaters’ that has been funded by the Guaranty Trust Bank and aims at giving Africa a voice in world affairs through oratory.
She launched Africa’s first Global Black Multi-Broadcast Entertainment Network called ‘Ebony Life Television’ in 2013. It airs original inspiring programmes targeting the global black audience in order to present a realistic view of Africa and its future path to prosperity.
She also took the plunge into films and started Ebony Life Films in 2014. Her debut film ‘Fifty’ was screened at the London Film Festival and was one of Nigeria’s biggest blockbusters.
In January 2020, AMC Networks (USA) announced its partnership with EbonyLife to produce Nigeria 2099, an afrofuturistic crime-drama created by EbonyLife.
In February 2020, a new partnership between EbonyLife TV and Netflix was announced. The streaming giant acquired EbonyLife’s drama series: Castle & Castle, Fifty, Sons of the Caliphate, On the Real, and The Governor, along with a reality show, The Dating Game and feature film, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel.
In June 2020, Netflix signed a deal with EbonyLife. According to the deal, Mo Abudu is to work with the teams at Netflix to create two original series as well as multiple Netflix-branded films. Among the highlights will be a film adaptation of Death and the King’s Horseman, a play by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka, and a series based on Lola Shoneyin’s best-selling debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.
In December 2019, Abudu opened Ebonylife Place, a lifestyle and entertainment resort located on Victoria Island, Lagos.
Below are some stunning pictures of the media mogul!