Executive Chairman and CEO of Ebony Life TV, Africa’s first Global Black
Entertainment and Lifestyle network, Mo Abudu was announced on Thursday
1 January, 2015 by Forbes as Africa’s Most Successful Woman of The
Mo, who has been described by international news outlets as ‘Africa’s
Africa’, is keen in her resolve to rewrite Africa’s story.
In a recent interview with Mfonobong Nsehe of Forbes, she recounts her
entrepreneurial journey and reflects on the lessons she has learned
along the way.
Speaking on her entrepreneurial journey and lessons she has learned
along the way, she said “This kind of afro-pessimism simply fuelled a
burning, deep-seated desire in my subconscious to one day help to
rewrite the African story; to get people to talk about the issues that
affect our society and to tell the African narrative in a contemporary
and interesting way; to change the perception the world had of us; to
let the world know that in spite of our challenges as a developing
continent, Africans are not a bunch of savages but mostly a breed of
gifted and remarkable people.”
Also recently honoured with a Doctorate degree at Babcock University,
spoke at MIPCOM 2014’s Global Channel Distribution Day at Auditorium
Esterel, Palais des Festivals.
“Anyone who wishes to be an entrepreneur must know that bright ideas are
great, however, they are not even half of the work; execution is
everything. Yes, as the saying goes, ‘there is nothing more powerful
than an idea whose time has come’, but when that time comes, you must be
prepared to bleed sweat, tears and blood to bring your ideas to life.”
Mo Abudu responded, when asked to give an advice to people who will like
to follow her entrepreneurial footsteps.
She continued saying, “For women, never ever see your gender as a
handicap. Never think yourself inferior. Be ready to do twice the work
for half the usual reward. When the door isn’t opened, kick down the
door. Take the regular harassment and other obstacles women face in
stride. In fact, be prepared for them. Be prepared to be told off, to be
told you are not good enough, to go unrewarded for even doing the same
work your male counterpart has done. Work with your passion, let it
consume and drive you. Do not be distracted. On down days, it will keep
you going. Also, surround yourself with like minds. In fact, you should
exhaustively curate those who will go along with you on your journey. I
can’t say that enough.”
Other women who have been listed in past are Divine Ndhlukula, Founder
and Managing Director of SECURICO, one of Zimbabwe’s largest security
companies, Khanyi Dhlomo, a 36- year-old South African media mogul,
unconventional visionary, and a builder of big dreams.
Check here to read full interview:
About Mo Abudu
Mo Abudu is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife TV,
Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment and Lifestyle Network. The
channel currently airs pan African on DSTV Channel 165, as well as in
the UK on the TalkTalk platform, providing premium, original and
home-grown programming to its ever increasing viewership.
In recognition of her outstanding work in diverse fields especially in the field of
media and her service to humanity, she has been honoured with many
laurels including the Awards by Forbes Media recognising her as the
first African woman to launch a Pan-African TV channel; Entrepreneur of
the year by Women Werk in New York; 25 Most Powerful women in Global TV
by the Hollywood Reporter amongst many other awards. Most recently, she
was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) from Babcock University.