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Mo Abudu: Rising for recognition around the world

She recently had her rise to fame with her Ebony brand attached to the prestigious Harvard University as a course of study.


She has been blushing with that recognition for weeks. Of course, it is an achievement worthy of showcasing, especially in a society women need to do more to be believed.


The serial entrepreneur and owner of Ebonylife TV, Ebonylife Magazine and others is not done yet. Just this week, she was list as number 98 on the annual list of THE FORBES 100 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN THE WORLD. The announcement was made on December 7 .


She wrote: “I’m humbled and deeply grateful to be amongst some of the world’s most amazing women, including MacKenzie Scott (no. 1), a novelist, philanthropist and the third-wealthiest woman in the USA, and Christine Lagarde (no. 3), President of the European Central Bank.


“Women of colour on the list include US Vice-President Kamala Harris (no. 2,) and Oprah Winfrey, making her umpteenth appearance on this list.


“There are only three African women on the list: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director- General of the WTO (no. 91), Samia Suluhu Hassan, the current President of Tanzania (no. 94), and yours truly – Me.

“I quote Forbes – “Nigerian media mogul, Mo Abudu is one of the most powerful women in global media”

She added: “A dear friend said to me today when she heard about this news “imagine if your child self could have known where you were heading” “Again, I didn’t see it coming. Just thanking God for these global opportunities and doing our very best to keep growing

The EBONYLIFE brand around the world and creating first class opportunities and value for every single stakeholder we partner with and work with.

“My wish is that there will be many more of my deserving African sisters on this list in the years to come.”

Abudu 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 with the qualification in occupational and personality testing. In 2014, she was honoured with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (Honouris Causa) from Babcock University.

The University of Westminster awarded Abudu with an honorary doctorate degree in 2018 for her contributions to the broadcasting industry in Nigeria. In 2018, the University of Westminster awarded Mo an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts.

She had in 1983, been selected to be the brand ambassador for AVON Cosmetics for the African market. 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.


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