Nigerian media personality and CEO of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu, has clinched the French Médailles d’Honneur Award for 2019.
The MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur are awarded to senior executives who have made a significant contribution to the world of television and the development of the international TV community through their talent and leadership.
Abudu oversees five divisions of EbonyLife Media, namely EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife Films, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Studios and EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK). No stranger to accolades, she has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” and CNN as “Africa’s Queen of Media who conquered the continent”. She was also included on The Powerlist 2018, the UK’s selection of the top 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage.
Mo Abudu was one of the 4 recipients of the award last Sharing the stage with 3 other incredible people honoured with this award tonight – US writer, showrunner and producer, Ilene Chaiken, chairperson of the Banijay Group in France, Stéphane Courbit, and UK managing director of Sky Vision, Jane Millichip.
In 2013, when she launched EbonyLife TV, it was Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network. It has since produced a slew of original programmes and notable series such as The Governor, about Nigeria’s first female governor, the drama Sons of the Caliphate, about rival powerful families in northern Nigeria and Africa’s first legal series, Castle & Castle.
In 2018, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which stages the Emmy Awards, appointed Abudu as a director. In the same year, the University of Westminster awarded her an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts for her outstanding service to broadcasting and enterprise in Nigeria. She also has an honorary doctorate degree from Nigeria’s Babcock University.
Mo Abudu took to her Instagram page to celebrate her latest award. she wrote,
Basking in the glory of receiving my award. I share this award with the EbonyLife Team, I thank all our partners, sponsors, my family, my dearest mother, my darling Temidee and Koko and of course my bestos that have helped and supported us on our journey. Much love always.