MOTIVATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK MO ABUDU

PROFILE OF MO ABUDU

Mo Abudu was born on the 11th of September, 1964 in Hammersmith west London to Mr and Mrs Lawrence Akintunde and hails from Ondo state.

Most of her early years were spent in London where she went through college and obtained her Master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Westminster in London.  

She also holds two (2) Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the University of Babcock and the University of Westminster.

Mo Abudu started her professional career as a recruitment consultant in 1987 with the Atlas Recruitment Consultancy firm in the UK, after which she moved to Starform Group in 1990.

She returned to Nigeria in 1993 and was appointed as the head of the Human Resources and Training for Exxon Mobil.  

After about a decade of great work at Exxon Mobil, Mo ventured out on her own and established Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (a Human Resources Consultancy Firm) in 2000.

Mo’s passion for the media production industry, led her to become the executive producer and host of Moments with Mo, one of the first Pan-African talk shows to air on DSTV.

In 2013, Mo founded Ebony Life TV which airs in more than 49 countries across Africa, including the UK and the Caribbean, which began broadcasting on Multichoice DSTV Channel 165.

The successful launch of Ebony live TV led to other new initiatives such as the Video-On-Demand (VOD) service, Ebony Life ON in Africa, three project deal with Sony Pictures Television and a recent partnership with Netflix.

In 2014, Mo established Ebony life films (a film production unit) where she produced her first film as the executive producer titled Fifty, teaming up with The ELFIKE Collective in 2016, she produced ‘The Wedding Party’, which became biggest blockbuster in 2016 in the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood).

She has also Co-Produced ‘The Wedding Party 2’, ‘The Royal Hibiscus Hotel’, ‘Chief Daddy’, ‘Your Excellency’ and several othes.

In December 2019, she founded Ebony Life Place, a lifestyle and entertainment resort located on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Mo Abudu’s recognitions and awards amongst many others includes:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year at International Women’s Day Forum in New York (2014)
  • Movie Producer of the Year (English) at City People Movie Awards (2015)
  • Special Recognition at City People Movie Awards (2017)
  • FAME Award of Excellence (2017)
  • 50 Women Making Impact in the Showbiz by Variety Magazine (2018)
  • Glazia Persons of the Year Awards (2018)
  • African Achievers Awards at UK House of Common (2018)

As part of her philanthropic work, she founded ‘The Inspire Africa Foundation’, an NGO focused on raising funds for execution of societal transformation initiatives.

Mo Abudu lives in Lagos and has two children – a son and a daughter and was formerly married to Tokunbo Abudu.

Source – wikipedia.org / entrepreneurs.ng.

Photo credit – naijaonlineguide.com.

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