Mo Abudu receives the second Women in Series Award in Lille
March 2022 marked the second round of cooperation among EWA Network, Series Mania Festival and Pour Les Femmes Dans Les Médias (PFDM) jointly presenting the Woman in Series Award. The Award saw its first edition in 2021 and was conceived to honor a remarkable woman from the audiovisual industry to honor her vision and leadership. The very first Award went to Christina Sulebakk, GM of HBO MAX EMEA.
The 2022 Woman in Series Award was granted to Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Group. The Award marks her various endeavors in the corporate world and exceptional leadership achievements. Abudu oversees all the divisions of the EbonyLife Group which include EbonyLife Media, comprising EbonyLife Films and EbonyLife Studios, as well as the EbonyLife Creative Academy, a school aimed at accelerating filmmaking skills, and EbonyLife Place, Nigeria’s first luxury entertainment resort. She has produced several highest grossing blockbusters to include: Fifty, The Wedding Party, Chief Daddy, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel and Your Excellency. She executive produced Òlòtūré, a Netflix Original feature film that exposes the shady business of human trafficking in Nigeria.
The Award Ceremony was organized in Lille, during Series Mania, where EWA was represented by its President Ada Solomon and Strategy consultant Tamara Tatishvili. The stage was taken by representatives of all three co-presenters of the Award. Ada Solomon highlighted EWA Network commitment to the important cause of further highlighting female leadership. and praised Mo Abudu’s exceptional entrepreneurial talent demonstrated throughout her professional path and her commitment to creating a positive narrative around Africa.
"MO ABUDU is an example of the ability to be a game changer in the complex environment of the media industry that leads to empowerment of all other women whom she will continuously inspire all around the world" says EWA Network's statement about this Award.
The Award was delivered by Julia Sinkevych, President of International Competition Jury of Series Mania, who is Ukrainian producer and whose presence at the ceremony marked strong solidarity with all Ukrainian talent affected by military invasion of Russia.
The Ceremony was followed by a reception where all guests could network informally and all present women professionals were called for a joint photo call. Additionally, formal dinner was organized in honor of Mo Abudu and was attended representatives of the EWA NETWORK, PFDM, Series Mania as well as other selected industry guests.