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Mo Abudu: Nigerian Media Mogul On Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List

Mo Abudu: Nigerian Media Mogul On Forbes 100 Most Powerful W

Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu also known as the 'Nigerian Winfrey' or 'Africa's Oprah' made it to Forbes 100 most powerful women for 2021 with the London-born content director slotting in at 98 on the list.

The Forbes listing is Abudu's second feat of the year after her media company, EbonyLife, become a case study for Masters’ students at the Harvard Business School.

Her journey dates back to 2006 when she started Ebonylife TV, a network that now airs in more than 49 countries across Africa, as well as in the UK and the Caribbean.

Mo Abudu was formerly married to Nigeria's foremost industrialist Chief Olatunde Abudu's son Tokunbo Abudu.

Tokunbo and Mo Abudu

She is a mother of two -- a daughter and a son; Temidayo and Adejoyejo Abudu.



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The information about the marriage is sketchy as not much is known about the couple's personal life.

Adekoyejo Abudu

Over the years, EbonylifeTV has struck major partnership deals with Sony Pictures Television, AMC Networks, and Netflix.

The deal with Netflix marks the first time an African media company signed a multi-title film and TV agreement with the streaming giant.

Abudu was born in Hammersmith West London to an Engineer and Caterer who were from Ondo Town in South-West Nigeria but she was sent to Nigeria by her Parents to live with her grandmother at the age of 7, only to return to Britain four years later.

Her education spanned across both London and Nigeria. She attended Ridgeway School, MidKent College, and West Kent College.

She has a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster in London.

Abudu is a member of the British Psychological Society with qualifications in occupational and personality testing.

In 2014, she was honoured with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (Honouris Causa) from Babcock University.

The University of Westminster awarded Abudu with an honorary doctorate degree in 2018 for her contributions to the broadcasting industry in Nigeria.

In 2018, the University of Westminster awarded Mo Abudu an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts.

Aside EbonyLife TV and Films, Mo Abudu ventured into content creation during a funded reality television in 2009 called "The Debaters' which focuses on giving Africans a voice by promoting Oratory. The show was funded by Guaranty Trust Bank.

This would not be the first time she would be recognized by Forbes, as she was described as the first woman to own a Pan-Africa TV in 2013.

She also was appointed as the Chair of the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala held in New York in 2019 -- the first African to get the role.

She started earning international comparisons after the launching of 'Moments with Mo' which was the first syndicated daily talk show on African regional television.

With over 200 episodes recorded and aired with topics by October 2009 with topics ranging from lifestyle, through health, culture, politics, entertainment, tradition, to music. 

Guests have included celebrities, Presidents, Nobel Laureates, and the 67th US Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton, Abudu says the show "highlights the life and accomplishments of a usually well known, but sometimes an undiscovered African individual who by his or her own tenacity and determination has accomplished something, overcome something or been a catalyst for something that makes her or him a role model to others."

Aired on M-Net with TV coverage in 48 African countries, the show now also airs on terrestrial and cable TV in other parts of the world.

Among many accolades, the EbonyLife CEO boasts of, she just added Forbes 100 Most Powerful women to it alongside Nigerian World Trade Organization director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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