Mo Abudu

 

Mo Abudu burst into national consciousness in 2007 when she launched her then popular talk show ‘Moments with Mo’ which was aptly described by media pundits as the African clone of the legendary American Oprah Winfrey. She interviewed celebrities and newsmakers from all walks of life and this was her first claim to fame after she moved back to Nigeria where she was once a corporate high flyer having worked with two multinationals – Accenture and Exxon Mobil in the Human Resources Department as well as had her first taste of entrepreneurship when she set up Vic Lawrence and Associates – a top HR consulting firm headquartered in Lagos.

She became a media mogul subsequently as a restless soul always on the move when she established Ebony Life Productions that has produced a lot of blockbuster movies that were smash hits in the box office like The Wedding Party, Chief Daddy, Your Excellency, and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel. She scored another gargantuan feat by signing Castle & Castle, Oloture, and Blood Sisters into Netflix which are still leading the numbers on the streaming platform.

Not satisfied as she believes in the popular mantra by Jim Rohn ‘Evolve or Die’, she has now transited into the role of a movie director by making her directorial debut with two mental health movies – Her Perfect Life and Iyawo Mi (The Yoruba Translation for My Wife).

In a statement to unveil the production, she said: “I believe in learning and understanding any major assignment I undertake. Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I’m beginning with baby steps. I have written two short films that I will be directing – Her Perfect Life and Iyawo Mi (My Wife)”.

“Although these stories are fictional, they highlight the mental health challenges, hardly spoken about in Nigerian society, that many people deal with all over the world. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, income, or social class, and they are on the increase”, she said in a post on Instagram.

As reported by Africanews.com, In one of the short films, Her Perfect Life, 39-year-old Onajite Johnson-Ibrahim, seems to have the perfect life – a flourishing career, a growing business, a loving husband, and two bright, beautiful children. Why does she want to end it all?

In Iyawo Mi (My Wife), Kunle arrives home one night to find a horror awaiting him. His wife, Eniola, seems to have gone mad; hallucinating, screaming at their children and neighbors, and threatening to kill everyone. Kunle takes matters into his own hands, with tragic consequences.

Her Perfect Life stars Pearl Thusi and Joseph Benjamin, supported by Omawunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka, Christian Paul, and Mary Lazarus. The cast of Iyawo Mi (My Wife) includes Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, Segun Arinze, and Jude Chukwuka.

For both films, Mo Abudu, Bola Atta, Wale Tinubu, Shola Akinlade, Pearl Thusi, and Nonos Okpala are the Executive Producers, with Heidi Uys as Supervising Producer.

This is good news and I am personally glad that Mo Abudu is using her enormous clout and influence to champion the cause of the mentally challenged in our society as the issue is still under reported by the local media and still in the tragic realm of a taboo. I am happy that the narrative is slowly but gradually changing and it can only get better with the passage of time.

Also the fact that corporate heavyweights like Wale Tinubu of Oando, Shola Akinlade formerly of Paystack which exited to Stripe and Bola Atta of UBA can publicly identify with the noble project will surreptitiously tackle the hydra headed monster of stigmatization which often is largely fueled by nauseating ignorance ironically in this age of mass information dissemination and democratization which is supposed to make nobody have an excuse to be ignorant in the first place especially about something as sensitive as mental health which is a core aspect of health.

I am also overjoyed that the British High Commission and French Embassy were part of the project as well which shows how world powers can be agents of positive influence through strategic diplomatic backings and alliances.

Mo Abudu is indeed a role model to the beleaguered Nigerian youths who are battered by the sinister forces of massive unemployment, hunger and destitution which have led many to have mental health challenges as she is a beacon of hope that all is not lost as long as they can hold on to their dreams Uhuru will finally locate them despite the daunting odds which are sturdy enough to break the heart of a lion.

I look forward to watching the movies and I urge all Africans both in the Continent and Diaspora to support this wonderful woman by doing the same so that together we can make the stigmatization of the African mentally challenged history.

A big thumbs up to Mo Abudu!

Enjoy your weekend Folks!

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