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#WomanCrushWednesday: Mo Abudu


Mosunmola Folake Abudu a.k.a Mo Abudu is a woman who wears many hats. She is the CEO of EbonyLife TV, talk show host, TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist and has just recently added executive producer of the movie ‘Fifty’. She has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”.


Mo was born September 11, 1964 in the UK but relocated to Lagos, Nigeria at age 7 where she lived with her grandparents in Ondo State. She moved back to the UK after her father’s death at age 12 and continued her education, going to college and graduating with an M.Sc. in HR Management from the University of Westminster, London.


Her career started off in the UK as a recruitment consultant, to manager of the Corporate Credit Management Exhibition fof the Starfom Group, to head of Human Resources and Training Unit of Arthur Andersen for Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (now ExxonMobil), before leaving in 2000 to establish a human resources development company known as Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (a.k.a VLA) and developed an executive training centre at the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park, Lagos while running VLA. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, and is qualified in occupational and personality testing.


Moments with Mo, a TV talk show launched in 2006 and executively produced and hosted by Mo, had by 2009, recorded over 200 episodes and aired with numerous topics throughout different fields and interviewed great and upcoming people from all walks of life. Mo is the executive producer for ‘The Debaters’, a reality show aimed at promoting oratory and giving voice to Africa, founder of The Inspire Africa Foundation, a non-profit organisation concentrated on fund-raising to execute social impact causes and the foundation has opened “The Designers Outlet for Charity”, a charity store which opened on 5th of December 2009 in Lagos, Nigeria.


Mo Abudu is no lightweight as her remarkable works have been locally, nationally and internationally recognised, many of which include recognition as the first African woman to launch a Pan-Africa TV channel by Forbes media, one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV by the Hollywood Reporter and also recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women Werk in New York and Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honouris Causa) from Babcock University.  She is more than a visionary who is fiercely determined to succeed beyond all odds and positively impact her generation, while leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. You can check her on her website, www.moabudu.com, @MoAbudu on Twitter, @moabudu on Instagram and Mo Abudu on Facebook.

It is beyond admirable that despite being a proud mother of two children, a son and daughter, and efficiently performing her duties, Mo Abudu is showing no signs of slowing down. She just premiered her first executively produced movie, ‘Fifty’, and the movie will be showing in cinemas from 18th December, 2015.



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