Photo: Mo Abudu Marks Double Celebration
Founder and chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV and EbonyLife Films, Mo Abudu was a year older yesterday, September 11th. She enjoyed the day with lunch at the CN Tower and dinner at TOCA Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton hotel, Toronto.
She was joined at dinner by the cast and crew of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, and a number of special guests, including Cameron Bailey, Creative Director, TIFF; Kiva Reardon, Programmer, TIFF; Masai Ujiri, President, Toronto Raptors; Moses Babatope, COO, FilmOne; Foli Coker, DG, NTDC; and Funa Maduka, Content Acquisition, Netflix.
This is an extra-special birthday for the woman called ‘Africa’s Oprah’ by CNN and ‘super woman’ by Nigerian celebrity photographer, TY Bello. A new production from EbonyLife Films, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, had its world debut on September 9th at Toronto International Film Festival.
Following its successful opening night, Variety magazine wrote a positive article about the movie, saying, “Mo Abudu’s Royal Hibiscus bears the hallmarks of the EbonyLife brand, with its crowd-pleasing polish and an all-star cast.”
She expressed her gratitude on the morning of her birthday, via her Instagram page. “Waking up to this review of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is the best birthday present ever! As I celebrate my 53rd birthday today, I am so grateful and I continue to give God all the glory. I cannot but thank him for his grace in my life; for his love, his favour. Today, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has, in one way or another, been there for me, supported me, helped me, advised me, encouraged me, celebrated me. As I always say, ‘If you can think it, you can do it’.”
Here’s wishing the media and business powerhouse a very happy birthday and many more amazing years ahead.
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