Her poise is what you can refer to as stylish, gallant, dapper, weighty and that of substance. She is self-motivated, self- determined, self-contained and very modest. She is focused and she is a goal-getter. She is a well respected woman, when she speaks, everyone listens. When she speaks, it is always like a thousand powerful women have spoken, but she is just “one” woman that commands respect. Her words are worth weight in gold; as in they are not only valuable, they are life transforming. Our celebrity focus is on the quiet side, she doesn’t make noise like her counterpart who may even be substance-less but still choose to be noisy. She is among the female celebrities with no tainted image or controversies. She is Africa’s Oprah Winfrey and Forbe’s Africa’s most successful woman; she is no one but the elegant, inspiring, driven and record breaker Mo Abudu.
Mo Abudu as she is fondly called hails from Ondo State but was not born there. She was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Akintunde in Hammersmith hospital, West London in September 11th, 1964 as Mosunmola Lawrence Akintunde. True to her name “Mosunmola” awon eyan eleyi ni otitan sunmo ola (People like her are truly close/surrounded with wealth) Mo lost her father at the age of eleven after which she, her mother and her two younger sisters returned to Nigeria in 1983.
However, Mo Abudu did all her education outside Nigeria. She schooled at the Ridgeway School, MidKent College and West Kent College . She also gained a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster in London.
Mo Abudu is everything. She is a mother, Talk Show Hostess, TV producer, Film maker, Media Entrepreneur, Philantrophist, Achiever, Human Resource Management Consultant and Venture Capitalist.
MO ABUDU THE MOTHER
Mo Abudu was once married to Tokunbo Abudu, a lawyer and businessman, but the marriage was short lived. They have a daughter and a son, Temidayo Abudu (Now married to Adebola Makanjuola) and Adekoyejo Abudu. She lives in lagos. She loves her family and spends ample time with them whenever she is at home.
MO ABUDU THE TALK SHOW HOSTESS/TV PRODUCER
She is a talk show hostess and a TV producer. She is one woman I have always admired and drawn inspiration from right as a teenager when I used to crave to be one of Moment with Mo audience back in those days. She is the brain behind Moments with Mo; a TV talk show which she hosts as well as produces. On “Moment with Mo” talk show, attention grabbing topics on politics, entertainment and lifestyle are talked about in a fascinating manner. Aside the scores of intelligent people carefully selected to be audience on the program, Mo Abudu interviews great minds and tenacious people on her show; she basically interviews any individual making impact in his or her field; whether known or unknown and makes them conspicuous. She has had top politicians, actors, models and musicians on the show. She has even interviewed the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton; so now you understand when I say she is a woman that is highly respected and honored.
She produced a reality TV show titled “The Debator” which was fully sponsored by GTB in 2009 to promote oratory.
She produced an award winning documentaries titled- Naija Diamonds, to celebrate unsung heroes in Nigeria. This was sponsored by Diamond back then, which has now been acquired by Access bank Nigeria.
MO ABUDU THE FILMMAKER
She is also a film maker, hence the reason for setting up Ebony Life films in 2014 which has seen the release of top notch movies like
Fifty (2015), The Wedding Party (2016), The wedding party 2 (2017), The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (2017), Chief Daddy (2019) and TV shows like Desperate Housewives Africa
Prior before venturing into film making, Mo took a course in London Film School to learn the art of directing and production in order to understand the basics of movie making.
MO THE MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR
She is also a media entrepreneur, human resource management consultant and venture capitalist. She is the first female in Africa and all over the world to launch a Television Station “Ebony life TV” on DSTV in 2006. The station which has millions of viewers and has a strong backing by Cross Rivers State Government
MO ABUDU THE PHILANTROPHIST AND A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE
She is one with a heart of gold. She is a philanthropist which is quite evident on the cash and gifts she always give to her audience. She has a foundation known as Inspire Africa Foundation. The foundation also has a charity store and a children’s shelter called ‘The Harbor’ where they cater for street children.
Her substance valued at the highest rate will always amount to 100 percent- talk about her cars, houses, attires, and conglomerate. Mo is one of the co-owners of these 5- star hotels Protea Hotel and Oakwood Park, Lekki Expressway, Lagos. She is also the Founder of Vic Lawrence & Associates, now one of Nigeria’s leading Outsourcing firms and media. She has a black Mercedes Benz SUV priced over N20m.
MO ABUDU THE ACHIEVER
- Recognised by Forbes Africa as First Woman to Own a Pan Africa TV Channel (2013)
- 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV by Hollywood Reporter (2013)
- Entrepreneur of the Year at International Women’s Day Forum in New York (2014)
- Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) from Babcock University (2014)
- Listed as one of ‘Forbes Africa Most Successful Women’ (2015)
- Movie Producer of the Year (English) at City People Movie Awards (2015)
- Special Recognition at City People Movie Awards (2017)
- IoD Entrepreneurial Award by Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoDN) (2017)
- FAME Award of Excellence (2017)
- 50 Women Making Impact in the Showbiz by Variety Magazine (2018)
- Glazia Persons of the Year Awards (2018)
- African Achievers Awards at UK House of Common (2018)
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Source: Wikipedia, Thefamouspeople