CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mosunmola ”Mo”Abudu, as been listed at no 56 amongst the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world.
Mo Abudu is the only African and African woman who made the list. Mo’s position on the list is ahead of the CEO’s of global institutions such as Snapchat, Linkedin, Spotify, Zara and Uber, amongst many others.
The list has Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg topping the list and also includes the CEOs of Alibaba, IKEA, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Starbucks.
On describing the honour, Ms Abudu said “This is a big moment for the entire EbonyLife TV team. Our goal remains to tell African stories and we do that by annually producing over 1000 hours of premium, original and home grown entertainment programming content. From Talk, Entertainment, Reality, Comedy, Drama, Lifestyle and Factual the channel boasts exclusive ownership of 90% of the content…”
Read excerpts from what Business Insider wrote about the business mogul:
Growing up in the UK raised by Nigerian parents, Abudu was subjected to slews of ignorant, mind-boggling comments and questions about African life and culture (Do you guys live in a tree?), which triggered a desire to dispel the world’s inaccurate perceptions.
“Somewhere deeply buried in my subconscious was a need to tell Africa’s story. My burning desire is just to tell everybody: Listen, we’re not a bunch of savages. We really are gifted,” she told the Independent.
Abudu took an unorthodox route to entertainment. She returned to Nigeria in the early 1990s, working as the head of HR for ExxonMobil until 2000, when she left to launch her own HR consulting firm and, several years later, a hotel in Lagos as well.
In 2006, she decided to ditch the corporate world and break into TV. She started ”Moments with Mo” which became the first daily talk show syndicated across the continent, landing high-profile guests like Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, and Hillary Clinton, then the US Secretary of State.
In 2013, Abudu launched EbonyLife, where she produces a wide array of TV shows, from her own talk show to an African version of “Desperate Housewives,” which she landed in a deal with Disney.
She has also inked content distribution deals with CBS and Netflix. The network now provides premium content to to 49 countries across Africa, as well as the UK and the Caribbean.
See the full list HERE