Forbes Names Mo Abudu Africa’s Most Successful Woman

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Executive Chairman and CEO of Ebony TV, Africa’s first Global Black and Lifestyle network,  Mo Abudu was announced on Thursday 1 January, 2015 by Forbes  as Africa’s Most Successful Woman of The Year. 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.” Mosunmola_Abudu_1 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 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. Credits: Forbes & Ladun

12 Comments

  1. fabinu ayodeji

    January 8, 2015 at 10:11 am

    wow.congrats..am so much happy for you….you are truly a real role model to follow…keep it up.. thumps up

  2. Grace Aigbokhae

    January 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Congrats

  3. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    January 8, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Congrats

  4. Nnenna Ugwuonah

    January 8, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Congratulations

  5. Adewumi Taofiq

    January 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Congratulation

  6. MATHIAS CHUKWUDI

    January 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

    i like women who staand up and pavee way for others

  7. Segun

    January 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Hardworking women

  8. ifeanyi ability

    January 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    congrat for you dearest,you are one out of million

  9. Louis Offor

    January 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I just love this woman and her charisma. I’m not surprised one bit on this milestone she has achieved personally for herself. One of the reasons i always try never to miss her TV show tagged – “Moments With Mo” is for the motivation and encouragements that has become the hallmark of the show.

    And she couldn’t have said it better here when she said this in the interview above – “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.

    Thanks! i’m bookmarking this right away. “Smiling”.

    • oloye adeniran

      January 9, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      louis abeg no tell me you don dey get crush for mo…….. abi she don look your side ni

  10. oloye adeniran

    January 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Congrate to her….. Always loved her show coz of its numerous realistic talks and all……. Success requirs hard work….. No pain no gain
    Keep it up Mo

  11. Chinaza Victor

    January 8, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Congrat to her