Founder and chief executive of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Westminster in recognition of her outstanding services to broadcasting and enterprise in Nigeria.
The presentation was made during the university’s annual graduation ceremony at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall in London.
The broadcaster and filmmaker attended Westminster in 1993 when she completed a master’s degree in Manpower Studies. After successful careers as a corporate executive and human resources entrepreneur, Mo entered the world of media as the host and producer of Moments with Mo, the first pan-African talk show. In 2012, she went on to found EbonyLife TV, which has grown into a media group, encompassing movie production and global video-on-demand (VoD).
Despite a challenging business environment, 2018 has been a landmark year for Mo Abudu, beginning in March with the announcement by Sony Pictures Television that they had struck a three-project production deal with EbonyLife. The media group celebrated its 5th anniversary in July with the launch of EbonyLife ON, its global VoD service.
In October, Mo was included in The Powerlist, the top 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage in the UK, alongside Meghan Markle, Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton.