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Nollywood producer Mo Abudu joins Oscars

KELVIN KACHINGWE Lusaka
CELEBRATED Nigerian filmmaker,broadcaster,entrepreneur and philanthropist Mo Abudu has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars) as one of 29 producers and the only African and Nigerian in this category.The chief executive officer and chairwoman of EbonyLife Media, which includes EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife Films,EbonyLife Place, EbonyLife Creative Academy, a free film school in Lagos made possible by the Lagos State government,has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”.Abudu has also been listed by the US magazine Business Insider to be among the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world, and rated as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television” by The Hollywood Reporter.“My passion has always been about telling our own true African stories, and this includes how African people and our stories are represented on the continent and globally,” she said in a statement made available to the Weekend Mail by Sharlene Versfeld of Versfeld & Associates Public Relations and Communications of South Africa.“This international recognition, for which I am truly grateful, is also a sign of a shift that has begun, an acknowledgement that Africa has a robust, progressive, and burgeoning industry, filled with universal stories, with global reach.“When I began EbonyLife TV,and later EbonyLife Films and EbonyLife Studios, my vision was that it would be more than just entertainment, but it would aim to realise African audiences’ desires to see a narrative that reflected our own stories. More
African representation within the Academy will go a long way to help drive this vision.” Starting her media journey in 2006 with Africa’s first
syndicated talk show, Moments with Mo, Abudu later launched EbonyLife TV (ELtv) in 2013,which is Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network on DStv producing a whopping 5,000 original hours of African content.Her EbonyLife Films set up in 2015, has produced seven films to date, including the two listed by the Academy Oloture and The Royal Hibiscus, and some of the highest-grossing Nollywood blockbusters.EbonyLife Studios has CLICK TO READ MORE



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