Mo Abudu becomes first African to Chair the Int’l Emmy Awards Gala

Mo Abudu becomes first African to Chair the Int’l Emmy Awards Gala

CEO of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu yesterday, chaired the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala, making her the first African to land the coveted role, fo

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CEO of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu yesterday, chaired the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala, making her the first African to land the coveted role, 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 Emmy Awards 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 OkayAfrica; Gbenga Akinnagbe, actor (The Wire); to name a few. The occasion was supported by Lagos State Government.