The talented media mogul and film maker Mo Abudu has been honoured with the 2019 Médailles d’Honneur in France, alongside Ilene Chaiken, Writer, Showrunner and Producer (USA); Stéphane Courbit, Chairman, Banijay Group (France); and Jane Millichip, Managing Director, Sky Vision (United Kingdom).
Mo Abudu is the CEO of EbonyLife Media, has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”. One of the most prolific producers in Africa, she launched EbonyLife TV in 2013, producing over 1,000 hours of original programming each year.
Abudu started her career working as a recruitment consultant in the UK. She went on to work for Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (Now ExxonMobil) as the head of the Human Resources and Training unit. She left the company to establish her own specialist human resources development company- Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (VLA) in 2000.
She is the Executive Producer of Fifty, the no.1 Nigerian film of 2015; The Wedding Party (2016), The Wedding Party 2, Destination Dubai (2017), the highest grossing Nollywood film of all time; and Chief Daddy (2018), the third-highest grossing Nigerian film.
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced a three year project deal with EbonyLifeTV, thereby making it the first of its kind between a Nigerian television company and Sony Pictures.