Sun. Dec 8th, 2019

Mo Abudu Becomes First African To Chair 47th International Emmy Awards Gala

Last night in New York City, Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Media, became the first African to chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala. Following her appointment as the first African director of the Academy, the move signals a change in the opportunities opening up for television content producers on the continent.

Speaking at the gala, Mo Abudu said, “These partnerships are the first of their kind between Hollywood studios and a Nigerian television company. We are happy to be at the forefront of forging these new partnerships because it is truly about sharing our local stories with a global audience – stories that are historical, authentic and progressive.”

Stand-up comedian and actor Ronny Chieng, a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and star of Crazy Rich Asians, hosted the gala, while businesswoman, philanthropist, author and former model Iman presented the Directorate Award to CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour. Actor Conleth Hill, known worldwide for his role as Lord Varys in Game of Thrones, presented the Founders Award to the show’s creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Mo Abudu’s high profile guests included Zain Asher, News Anchor, CNN International; Shuli Adebolu, Hon. Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture; Abiola Oke, CEO, Okay Africa; Gbenga Akinnagbe, actor (The Wire); to name a few. The visit was supported by Lagos State Government.

Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO OnoBello

Mo Abudu

L-R - Ojo Olayinka (LASG Representative)_ Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO with Camille Bidermann Roizen, Executive Director, International Emmys OnoBello

L-R – Ojo Olayinka (LASG Representative)_ Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO with Camille Bidermann Roizen, Executive Director, International Emmys

L-R D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, creators of Game of Thrones with Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO OnoBello

L-R D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, creators of Game of Thrones with Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO

L-R Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO with Gbenga Akinnagbe, Actor OnoBello

L-R Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO with Gbenga Akinnagbe, Actor

Eunice Omole, EbonyLife TV, Chief Strategy Officer, Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO and Heidi Uys, EbonyLife TV, Head of Programming OnoBello

Eunice Omole, EbonyLife TV, Chief Strategy Officer, Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO and Heidi Uys, EbonyLife TV, Head of Programming

L-R Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO with Zain Asher, CNN International OnoBello

L-R Mo Abudu, EbonyLife Media, CEO with Zain Asher, CNN International

Abiola Oke, CEO Okay Africa OnoBello

Abiola Oke, CEO Okay Africa

Mo Abudu Emmys Gala 2019 OnoBello

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