The Media Guru, Mo Abudu, is the elegant lady on the cover page of Genevieve Magazine new issue – The Art of Being Mo Abudu!
She looks absolutely breathtaking we must confess.
Read excerpts of her interview with the magazine house below!
Mo of Africa or Oprah of Africa?
We need to look at where it started from; CNN started it. And this is
because the Western world always needs to relate it back to something that
they find comparable because if not they can’t measure it. For instance,
when we did Fifty, some said it was like Waiting to Exhale, when we did the
Wedding Party, some said it was like My Big Fat Greek Wedding… Whatever
you want to say, people want to put it into context and that’s how Oprah of
Africa was coined.
You always wanted to meet Oprah!
Yes. In a way, it’s a good thing that I didn’t meet her then because if I
had met Oprah, it would seem like, “But for Oprah” but all I say now is
“But for God and all the other people who believed in me.” That said,
How did you go from being an HR consultant to becoming this
media/entertainment powerhouse? When did you realise you wanted to do this?
It wasn’t really entertainment in that regard, it was more about speaking
up. It started with Moments with Mo. It was all about the voice. There is a
kind of connection between standing in front of people to train them on
leadership, application skills and all the likes. I went to sleep one day
and woke up in the middle of the night and got writing about “Inspire
Africa.” That was the name of the company that I had at the time (story for
another day). I wrote about Africa needing a voice, a platform of
self-expression. I realised we needed a show where people could talk. My
first guest was Professor Wole Soyinka who had to ride on a bike to meet up
with the time and that was the second time I was going to be interviewing
*For the full interview, be sure ot get your copy from your local vendor or
anywhere magazines are sold. *
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