We touch on the lives of people whose chore objectives, lifestyle and goals resonates with the African youth. This week we talk about the beautiful and elegant Mo Abudu
Mosunmola Abudu, popularly called Mo Abudu, (born on 11 September, 1964) is a Nigerian media mogul, philanthropist, and former human resources management consultant. She has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”, and rated as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television” by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
Mo Abudu was born in Hammersmith, West London to an Engineer father and Caterer mother. Her early years were spent in the UK. She attended the 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. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, and is qualified in occupational and personality testing. Mo Abudu received an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honouris Causa) from Babcock University. In 2018, the University of Westminster awarded Mo an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts, in recognition of her outstanding services to broadcasting and enterprise in Nigeria. In the same year, Abudu was appointed a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization responsible for staging the world famous International Emmy Awards. She was named on the Power list 2018, an annual list of the UK’s top 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage. Abudu was nominated to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Technology and Creatively for Nigeria in 2018 as well. Mo Abudu is set to be awarded the 2019 Médailles d’Honneur in Cannes at the Marche International des Programmes de Television (MIPTV). She is one of the 4 recipients of the award, which she will receive in April 2019. Mo Abudu is represented by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Mo’s early life
Mo’s family roots are in Ondo Town, in the south-west of Nigeria. She is the eldest amongst three sisters. She lost her father at the age of 11. She has two children – daughter Temidayo and son Adekoyejo. At age 19, Mo Abudu was selected to be the brand ambassador for AVON Cosmetics for the African market. Her early years were spent mainly in the UK, where she was born and raised.
Mo Abudu started her professional career as a recruitment consultant in 1987 with the Atlas Recruitment Consultancy firm in the UK, from where she moved to Starform Group in 1990. She returned to Nigeria in 1993 and was head-hunted by Arthur Andersen to head the Human Resources and Training for oil giant, ExxonMobil.She is the founder of Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited, She went to create, produce and present Moments with Mo, later founded a television station (Ebony Life Television) and has been producing entertainment contents till date.
Mo’s personal life
Mo Abudu lives in Lagos. She has two children; a son and a daughter. and was formerly married to Tokunbo Abudu.