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Mo Abudu, Omotola named among 50 global women in showbiz

Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu; and Nollywood star, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, have been named among 50 women making an impact in showbiz by Variety magazine.

According to Variety, a weekly American entertainment trade magazine, the 50 women on the list are “doing extraordinary things on the worldwide stage” with a special focus on the entertainment industry.

Abudu’s profile on the magazine’s website reads: “Abudu used her star-making springboard as the face of daytime talkie ‘Moments With Mo’ to launch the EbonyLife empire.

“With a film production unit and upscale lifestyle TV network, she’s been dubbed the Oprah of Africa.

“As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I’ve had to be strong, focused and relentless and work twice as hard as the men around me,” she says.

“Determined to push for gender parity in the Nigerian biz, she estimates that nearly 80 per cent of ‘key positions’ at EbonyLife are filled by women,” Variety wrote.

Jalade-Ekeinde, one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2013, was described as Nollywood icon.

Variety wrote; “With more than 300 acting credits to her name, Ekeinde is an icon of Nigeria’s prolific Nollywood film biz.

“Although she says that, ‘At heart, I think I am an activist first.’

“An ambassador for the UN’s World Food Programme and campaigner for Amnesty International, she’s used her big-screen platform to drive her humanitarian goals.

“Her next step is developing a film village in the former slave port of Badagry, where she wants young Nigerians to hone their filmmaking skills while learning about our rights and future as Africans.”

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.