Mosunmola Abudu, known as Mo Abudu and sometimes referred to as Africa’s Oprah was born in the United Kingdom. At age 7, her family relocated to Lagos, where she was sent to stay with her grandparents at their cocoa farm in Ondo State, in other to get acquainted with the Nigerian culture.
At age 11, she attended Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School. At 12, shortly after her father died, Abudu returned to the UK and attended Hammersmith County Secondary School before moving to the Ridgeway School in Kent where she lived with her guardian in Tunbridge Wells. From there, she went to West Kent College and MidKent College. She has a master’s degree in HR Management from the University of Westminster, London.
Abudu is a member of the British Psychological Society, and is qualified in occupational and personality testing.
Abudu is the Executive Producer & host of a TV talk show, Moments with Mo, which is the first syndicated daily talk show on African regional television.
By October 2009, over 200 episodes had been recorded and aired with numerous topics ranging from lifestyle, through health, culture, politics, entertainment, tradition, to music and inter-racial marriages. Guests have included celebrities, Presidents, Nobel Laureates, and the 67th US Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton, Abudu says the show
“highlights the life and accomplishments of a usually well known, but sometimes an undiscovered African individual who by his or her own tenacity and determination has accomplished something, overcome something or been a catalyst for something that makes her or him a role model to others.”
Abudu is the creator and executive producer of The Debaters, a reality TV show. Funded by Guaranty Trust Bank, it launched on 3 October 2009. The show focuses on “giving Africa a voice” by promoting oratory.
In recognition of her work in diverse fields especially the media, and her service to humanity, she has been honored with many laurels. These include recognition by Forbes Media as the first African woman to launch a Pan-Africa TV channel; and Entrepreneur of the Year award by Women Werk in New York. She has also been listed as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV by the Hollywood Reporter. Most recently, she was also honored with a Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honouris Causa) from Babcock University; Nigeria’s premier private university.
We at OYA celebrates with Mosunmola Abudu as she emerges as an influential figure in the category of Meet The Ceo.