We love it when one of ours is recognised globally for doing good work and putting Nigeria on the map and Africa at large on the world map. This year has been an exciting year for Mosunmola Abudu, Chairwoman and Chief Executive of EbonyLife TV popularly known as Mo Abudu.
Rising from the days of anchoring and producing Africa’s first syndicated show, Moments With Mo in 2006, into owning a TV network – EBONYLIFE TV, Africa’s first continent-wide broadcaster targeting Africa’s growing aspirational middle class with programming that ‘celebrates style and success while motivating its audience to dream and dream big’ – Mo Abudu.
Mo Abudu who is recognised by The Hollywood Reporter as revolutionizing pay TV in Africa, is identified amongst 25 women, as the female innovators who oversee empires on their own terms with savvy determination to make a mark on worldwide TV, through giving greenlight to shows on International TV that captivate millions and adapt in a rapidly changing global media industry.
Mo Abudu is recognised as Africa’s answer to Oprah. Moments with Mo has featured guests from Hillary Clinton to Diane Von Furstenberg to presidents to musicians to actors and game changers – the show is carried across 48 African countries.
Other women recognised on the list of 25 were Elisabeth Murdoch(Chairman of Shine), Cecile Frot-Coutaz (FremantleMedia boss), Martha Brass( Endemol COO), Anke Shaeferkordt (RTL Group), Elisabeth Durand(TF1), Sophie Turner Laing (BSkyB), Natalya Sindeyeva (Owner and General Director of TV Channel Dozhd, Russia), Sneha Rajani (Executive VP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television, India), Nomin Chinbat (CEO, HD TV Network, Mongolia0 and many others – visit The Hollywood Reporter for full list.
In Drake’s voice, it’s safe to say Mo Abudu started from the bottom and look at where she is now – Mo Abudu is a self-taught TV host, no formal training – just love and passion.
All it takes is to keep dreaming and keep pushing the envelope and most ultimately, believing in yourself and working hard to attain what is necessary and consistently improving.
This is The Hollywood Reporter‘s inaugural list on Women in International TV.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter magazine.