Mo Abudu is the Talk-show host and TV producer recounted by CNN as Africa’s queen of media who conquered the continent. Although Mosunmola Abudu is known predominantly for her media proprietorship, she is also a successful Human Resources expert, starting in 2000 the Vic Lawrence & Associates company offering services in executive training and development. Born 1964 in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents from Ondo State. When her parents moved back to Nigeria in 1971 she was sent to grandparents in a cocoa farm apparently to learn local values. While there, she attended Fiwasaye Grammar School in Akure, but had to finish her secondary education in the UK, at Hammersmith County Secondary School after her father’s death in 1976. From there, she went to West Kent College and MidKent College, where she qualified as a Psychologist. She also has a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Westminster, London.
From 1987, Mo began a career in HR, and later joined Startform Group where she managed corporate credit and exhibition. In 1993, she was appointed as head of HR and training at the then Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Ltd. now ExxonMobil, which she left seven years later to set up her own training firm, the VLA. She also became the promoter behind the Protea Hotel Oakwood Park, where her training center operated from. Mo obtained shares from Protea and became a director. Her talk-show, Moments with Mo aired across Africa via MNet began in 2006 and completed over 200 episodes by its third year. Seven years later she launched the Ebony Life TV, a Pan African global entertainment and lifestyle network. Movie produced by Mo, Fifty, reportedly cost $2 million and is said to have yielded good returns. Fifty is a fictional account of a socialite woman with a dark family secret who became separated from a frustrated and consequently unfaithful husband.
In 2016, a team of analysts who assessed CEOs around the world listed Mo among CEOs of global institutions such as Snapchat, Linkedin, and Uber “for her commitment to a bigger picture of leadership and innovation.” This is indeed the case with Mo who aspires to rewrite the story of Africa with creations such as the GTBank sponsored oratory TV show, The Debaters, and raising funds in support of community-based initiatives. Mo Abudu is separated from her husband, Tokunbo, with who she had two children.