Mo Abudu
Courtesy of EbonyLife
Nigeria United Kingdom
2022

EbonyLife Media

Mo
Abudu

CEO

Abudu made history as the producer of the first Nigerian Netflix original series, the crime thriller “Blood Sisters.” The story of best friends Sarah and Kola (Ini Dima-Okojie, Nancy Isime), who become fugitives after Sarah’s fiancé disappears and is found dead in a shallow grave, it catapulted into the streamer’s Top 10 list in its first week of release in May 2022 with 11 million hours viewed. Three months later, Abudu’s Net­flix feature “Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman,” a fact-based drama based on a stage play set in Nigeria in 1943, became the first Yoruba-language film to screen in the special presentation category at the Toronto International Film Festival. She was selected in October as an executive fellow at Harvard Business School for 2022-23, where she’ll teach and coach students and aid in faculty research projects related to Black women entrepren­eurs in Africa, the U.S. and Europe. 

Career

  • EbonyLife Media
  • THE WEDDING PARTY
  • THE ROYAL HIBISCUS HOTEL

Education

  • University of Westminster (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
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Yoruba-Language Nigerian Historic Epic 'Elesin Oba' to Premiere at TIFF

Yoruba-Language Nigerian Historic Epic 'Elesin Oba' to Premiere at TIFF

Netflix historical drama "Elesin Oba, The King's Horseman," will become only the the second Yoruba-language film to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, after Tunde Kelani's "Abeni" that played in 2006.Produced by Mo Abudu's EbonyLife Films and Netflix, the film -- which will play in the Special Presentations section -- is based on real-life events in Nigeria in 1943, and set in the Oyo Empire, in which the King's horseman, Elesin Oba, must commit ritual suicide to follow his...

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