Media mogul, Mo Abudu, has become the first African to be honoured with the MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ebony Life boss was given the award in Cannes, France, at the Inter-Continental Carlton Hotel, on Monday.
The prestigious MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur is awarded to senior executives who have, through their talent, leadership and passion, made significant contribution to the world of television and the development of the international TV community.
Abudu received the award alongside Ilene Chaiken – writer, showrunner and producer (USA); Stéphane Courbit – Chairman, Banijay Group (France); and Jane Millichip – Managing Director, Sky Vision (UK).
Abudu took to her Instagram page on Tuesday to share the news. She wrote, @moabudu, “Basking in the glory of receiving my award. I share this award with the EbonyLife Team.
“I thank all our partners, sponsors, my family, my dearest mother, my darling Temidee and Koko and of course my bestos that has helped and supported us on our journey. Much love always”.
Abudu has been described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”. She launched Nigerian broadcaster and producer, EbonyLife TV, in 2013, producing over 1,000 hours of original programming each year.
She went into filmmaking with the creation of EbonyLife Films. She is the Executive Producer of ‘Fifty’, ‘The Wedding Party’ (2016), the most successful Nollywood film ever at the Nigerian box office.
She also produced ‘The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai’ (2017), the highest grossing Nollywood film of all time; and ‘Chief Daddy’ (2018), the third-highest grossing Nigerian film.
In March 2018, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced a three project deal with EbonyLifeTV, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian television company. (NAN)