Brain behind EbonyLife TV is recognized by Forbes Africa as the continents most successful woman
"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" these are the words of Mo Abubu who was crowned Most Successful Woman of The Year on January 1, 2015 by Forbes.
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.
Read more of her speech below:
Mo Abudu spoke to Mfonobong Nsehe of Forbes, about her entrepreneurial journey and reflects on the lessons she has learned along the way.
“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.”
The powerful and influential Mo Abudu is a 50 year old single mother with 2 children.