Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 Médailles d’Honneur at MIPtv in Cannes

Abudu is the first African and Nigerian recipient of this award.

CEO of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu, was awarded the 2019 Médailles
d’Honneur (medal of honour) at the MIPTV ceremony in Cannes, France, on
the 8th of April 2019. She makes history as the first African and
Nigerian recipient of this prestigious award, given to senior executives
who have made their mark in the global television industry, as well as
contributed to the development of the international television
community.

Abudu is considered one of Africa’s most prolific producers. In 2013,
when she launched EbonyLife TV, it was Africa’s first global black
entertainment and lifestyle network. It has since produced a slew of
original programmes and notable series such as The Governor, about
Nigeria’s first female governor, the drama Sons of the Caliphate, about
rival powerful families in northern Nigeria and Africa’s first legal
series, Castle & Castle.

Abudu oversees five divisions of EbonyLife Media, namely EbonyLife
TV, EbonyLife Films, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Studios and EbonyLife
Productions Limited (UK). No stranger to accolades, she has been
described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” and CNN as
“Africa’s Queen of Media who conquered the continent”. She was also
included on The Powerlist 2018, the UK’s selection of the top 100 most
influential people of African and Caribbean heritage.

Last year, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,
which stages the Emmy Awards, appointed Abudu as a director. In the
same year, the University of Westminster awarded her an honorary degree
of Doctor of Arts for her outstanding service to broadcasting and
enterprise in Nigeria. She also has an honorary doctorate degree from
Nigeria’s Babcock University.

Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 M?dailles d?Honneur at MIPtv in Cannes

Responding to the Médailles d’Honneur, Abudu said, “I would like to
take this opportunity to thank MIPTV for this incredible award. My big
dream was and still is, to change the narrative about my continent. As a
continent, Africa has remained creatively silent for centuries. Our
stories seldom told outside of our families and villages and often from
the perspective of ‘someone’ looking in. It is therefore with great
pride that we, at EbonyLife Media, bring our stories to the world with
our TV series and our films.”

At the MIPTV ceremony, Camille Bidderman, the executive director,
International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, presented Abudu
with her award. Bidderman has lauded her, saying, “Entrepreneur,
pioneer, award-winning television host, TV and film producer, role model
and mentor, mogul… these are some of the many labels that Mo sports so
elegantly.

The press in her own country, Nigeria, and around the world,
recognise her as one of the most influential media figures of our time,
as evident by her recurrent placement on the Hollywood Reporter’s List
of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television … I for one, cannot
wait to hear what she has in store for us in 2019…”

Fellow recipients of the Médailles d’Honneur are US writer,
showrunner and producer, Ilene Chaiken, chairperson of the Banijay Group
in France, Stéphane Courbit, and UK managing director of Sky Vision,
Jane Millichip.

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Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 M?dailles d?Honneur at MIPtv in Cannes
Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 M?dailles d?Honneur at MIPtv in Cannes
Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 M?dailles d?Honneur at MIPtv in Cannes
Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 M?dailles d?Honneur at MIPtv in Cannes
Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu receives 2019 M?dailles d?Honneur at MIPtv in Cannes

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