Nigerian talk show host, TV producer and media personality, Mosunmola Abudu, usually known as Mo Abudu, was among the 25 most powerful women listed by Hollywood Reporter.
Mo Abudu, who is also the founder of EbonyLife TV, was the only African woman who made the list, among those from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.
The category recognises female executives from around the world who are rewriting the rules of TV, during a time when “women have to work twice as hard for the same recognition” as men.
Excited Mo shared the news on her Instagram page, describing the feature as an honour “to continue to fly the flag for Nigeria and the continent.”
The Hollywood Reporter publishes its list of Most Powerful Women in Global Television every year, with luminaries adjudged by its editors to have made a remarkable impact on what audiences are watching worldwide, and how women are represented on TV.
In the article, Abudu was described as a woman who “has been at the forefront of media innovation on the continent” and whose goal for the coming year is “to successfully produce Africa’s first sci-fi TV series”.
She was first included in this list in 2013, immediately after the launch of EbonyLife TV.
Since those early days, EbonyLife TV has created over 4,000 hours of original, high-quality content, including landmark drama series The Governor, Sons of the Caliphate and Fifty (the series), along with the first pan-African talk show, Moments, with different versions hosted in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.
EbonyLife Films made its debut in 2015 at the 59th BFI London Film Festival with Fifty, the highest-grossing Nollywood movie that year.
In 2016, EbonyLife co-produced The Wedding Party, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to become the biggest movie in the history of Nigerian cinema.
Reacting to the recognition from the entertainment magazine, Mo Abudu who obviously does not take it for granted said: “It’s an honour and privilege to be acknowledged again by The Hollywood Reporter. I am proud to represent Nigeria and the thousands of women in Africa, striving to make their mark in a male-dominated industry”.