Who is Mo Abudu?
Mosunmola Abudu, also known as Mo Abudu, (born 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 is currently serving as the CEO of The EbonyLife Group which she claims to be Nigeria’s premium media, lifestyle, and entertainment conglomerate.
Mo Abudu starts her debut as a director with two short movies titled Her Perfect life and Iyawo Mi (My Wife)
Mo Abudu ~ CEO, of The EbonyLife Group, embarks on a new phase of her career as she delves into the creative side of filmmaking, beginning in late August 2022, she will direct two short movies, and be in charge of the whole filmmaking process for the very first time. Since her first feature film titled Fifty which was done in the year 2015, she has guided the storytelling process as an Executive Producer and visionary, but always sought experienced directors to helm each project.
In the year 2017, Mo Abudu attended London Film School and completed a course in directing, with the aim of improving her filmmaking skills. However, she enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to direct when the time was right.
According to her statement on Instagram, Mo Abudu said
Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I’m beginning with baby steps. I have written two short films that I will be directing – Her Perfect Life and Iyawo Mi (My Wife), a predominantly Yoruba language film.
Although these stories are fictional, they highlight the mental health challenges, hardly spoken about in Nigerian society.
Before now, Mo Abudu has always taken the back seat as an Executive Producer in the production journey of the titles that have emanated from her Studio (EbonyLife Studios). Since 2014, Mo Abudu together with her co-production partners has always made available a box office presentation to dazzle the market.
Her first credit as an Executive Producer began with Fifty which followed the story of four Nigerian women at the pinnacle of their careers. This big-screen picture made a splash in movie marketing that gracefully brought the studio to the limelight of New Nollywood whilst ushering in the wave of the famous Mo Abudu Formula
Only recently stopping to make these kinds of box office presentations to fully restructure her business for the global frontier that pays her in cool dollars. Popular Directors she has worked with include the Late Biyi Bandele, Kenneth Gyang, Funke Akindele, Niyi Akinmolayan, and many others.
There is 2 school of thought that arises from this development.
is she in for it to bring her skill in directing to the fore or she’s merely doing this because of the recent investments in the industry, of which she would want to have the recognition of a director?
Whatever the case maybe it is nobody’s business what she does. She has a dream to become a director and she is going for it.
About Her Perfect Life!
Onajite Johnson-Ibrahim, 39, seems to have a perfect life ~ a flourishing career, a growing business, a loving husband, and two bright, beautiful children. Why does she want to end it all? Her Perfect Life stars Pearl Thusi and Joseph Benjamin, supported by Omawunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka, Christian Paul, and Mary Lazarus.
About Iyawo Mi (My Wife)!
Kunle arrives home one night to find a horror awaiting him. His wife, Eniola, seems to have gone mad; hallucinating, screaming at their children and neighbors, and threatening to kill everyone. Kunle takes matters into his own hands, with tragic consequences. The cast of Iyawo Mi (My Wife) includes Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, Segun Arinze, and Jude Chukwuka.
For both short movies, Bola Atta, Wale Tinubu, Shola Akinlade, Pearl Thusi, Nonso Okpala and I are the Executive Producers. Heidi Uys is our Supervising Producer.
As the CEO of The EbonyLife Group, Mo Abudu has risen to the echelons of Nollywood greatness.
On her path, she has done it all ~ made groundbreaking TV content, engineered big screen hits, built a world-class Luxury hotel and recently landed Netflix its first global streaming hit from a Nigerian production company.
With finesse, she wants to test the waters of being a director and of course, in her usual strategic fashion, she has the best of the best talent in her corner to make this new milestone happen.
Inem King, Joshua Olaoluwa, Sonia Nwosu producing, and Temidayo Makanjuola on production design. Our Director of photography is Kabelo Thathe. Wardrobe is managed by Yolanda Okereke, working with designers Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Banke Kuku and David Wej.
Everyone is certainly looking forward to seeing the two short movies.
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