A world renowned establishment, Forbes Media, a symbol of distinction over the world for recognising worthy business decision-makers, investors and progressive individuals for making real impact around the world, has named Africa’s Queen of Talk, Mo Abudu, as the first woman on the African continent to own a pan-African TV channel.
Known by her talk show, Moments with Mo, she has made her mark in diverse fields of endeavour, which cuts across the corporate world . She was an executive in ExxonMobil for nearly a decade; she was the promoter behind the Protea Hotel Oakwood Park, of which she remains a shareholder and director; she was the founder of Vic Lawrence & Associates, now one of Nigeria’s leading outsourcing firms, and most recently in the dynamic world of media.
Moments with Mo is Africa’s first and only syndicated daily talk show. It airs across 48 African countries and on cable TV in the United Kingdom. In over seven years of its existence, Moments with Mo has transformed the face and flavour of African TV. The show has been able to achieve this feat by constantly seeking to build and project a new, stronger, more independent and confident Africa, one that speaks for itself, celebrates its people and achievements, and solves its own problems.
The talk show programme has hosted an impressive list of guests from Presidents to Nobel laureates; celebrities to governors; and even the U.S. Secretary of State, Mrs. Hilary Rodham Clinton, on her visit to Nigeria, and of recent, the Managing Director of IMF, Christine Lagarde.
Over the last few years, Abudu has developed other TV properties which include “The Debaters”, a highly intellectual, but vastly motivating, innovative and entertaining reality TV show that gives the youths of Africa a voice; and “Naija Diamonds”, an award winning documentary series, celebrating the unsung heroes of Nigeria.
Abudu is also proud of her philanthropic work with The Inspire Africa Foundation and in partnership with Moreno Construction, The Harbour, a 100-bed home for street children in Lagos, is nearing completion.
The statement said Abudu is a great believer in the media, stressing that her strong persuasion about using media and entertainment as a tool to change global perceptions about Africa and to advance various social-economic agenda, is the driving force behind EbonyLife TV, established and positioned as Africa’s first global black entertainment network, engaging like never before, and talking to especially the youths of Africa, aged 18 to 34, the custodians of the present and of the future, and key drivers of arguably the most vital segment of the economy.