Mo Abudu has made her mark in various fields of endeavor, which cut across the corporate world as an Executive in ExxonMobil for nearly a decade; she was the promoter behind the Protea Hotel Oakwood Park, of which she remains a shareholder and director; she was the Founder of Vic Lawrence & Associates, now, one of Nigeria’s leading Outsourcing firms. And most recently in the world of media, she is the Creator, Executive Producer and Hostess of “Moments with Mo,” the first of its kind to be syndicated across Africa, running for over 8 years now and citing an impressive guest list that includes the likes of former US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham-Clinton; President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – Muhammadu Buhari, President of Rwanda – Paul Kagame; Nobel Laureate – Professor Wole Soyinka; Managing Director of the International Monetary fund(IMF) – Christine Lagarde, amongst several others.
An accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist with a predilection for television, Mo embarked on her greatest business endeavour yet with the launch of EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black entertainment and lifestyle network which celebrated its 3rd year on air on July 01, 2016. As Africa’s ‘first lady of chat’ and media mogul, Mo is highly sought after for her in-depth knowledge on the African and Global creative industry. She has spoken at the Wharton School of Business, Oxford Union, Cambridge University Judge School of Business, Harvard University, New York University, Stern School of Business, amongst others, and has received many international recognitions, to include Forbes’ award as First African Woman to launch a Pan-African TV Channel and CNN’s report on her as ‘Africa’s Queen of Media who conquered the continent’.
In her quest to change global perception about Africa, Mo took the plunge into filmmaking. She is the Executive Producer of the movie – FIFTY – an exciting new production from EbonyLife Films; and its very first feature film. FIFTY, the only Nigerian movie selected to screen at the BFI London Film Festival, premiered internationally on Saturday, 17th October 2015, at the Vue 7 Cinema in Central London to a sold-out theatre and numerous global accolades. The movie is currently showing in cinemas across the country; and globally on Netflix to 65 million subscribers. Strongly rooted in Africa but connecting to a global audience through a shared identity and common values, EbonyLife Films remains dedicated to telling the full range of African stories as they have never been told before.
Moses is a Co-founder of Filmhouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution and
Production. For the last 15 years he has amassed a proven track record as a film
distribution strategist, in the UK releasing Nigerian content under his Talking Drum
Entertainment brand and in Nigeria running FilmOne. He is an Experienced
Odeon/UCI Cinema Manager in the UK, a one-time judge at the prestigious Screen
International Awards and Executive Producer/Producer of When Love Happens,
Lunch Time Heroes, Taxi Driver and the soon to be released ‘When Love Happens
Chinaza is one of the founders of Inkblot Productions; a Lagos-based production company. Inkblot focuses on producing quality, character-driven film, television and new media content. Chinaza was the writer/producer of inkblot’s first three features – “The Department”, “Out of Luck” and “The Arbitration” and serves as executive producer on “The Wedding Party”.
Christopher Jeyibo is the CEO of Koga Studios.He also owns Koga Entertainment,the entertainment power house. He has been involved in various productions.He was the Executive producer of a dance reality show “Dance 234”, the family soap series “Eve” and some other Tv programmes. Also he has been involved as Executive producer of the following films that have been released,”FAMILY ON FIRE”,”HEROES AND ZEROS” and also “THE VISIT”. He is also Executive producer on the soon to be released following films, “ALEGBEDE”, “93 DAYS” and “MFC”(music, friendship and conflict)
Kemi Adetiba got her first taste of the media industry as a little girl accompanying her father, Dele Adetiba, to radio and television stations. Dele Adetiba is a renowned veteran in the advertising and broadcast industries, playing a pivotal role in media development in Nigeria. It was not long before he threw his daughter in front of the camera, where she headlined two national television commercials for the iconic detergent brand OMO.
Though a law school graduate, Kemi has in a short space of time, excelled in the entertainment industry not just Nigeria but across Africa. Starting out as a radio personality with Rhythm 93.7FM, Kemi soon became the voice behind two nationally syndicated hit shows: Soul’d Out and her signature, Sunday at the Seaside, also frequently helming other shows on the station.
Slowly, she began to transition from her first love, radio, to focus on a budding television career. Today, she is one of Nigeria’s most experienced television personalities and producers, having hosted hit shows on M-Net (Studio 53, Temptation Nigeria), Soundcity (Lifestyle, Celebrity Profiles, Chat Room), various red- carpet specials, award shows (Headies 2009), and the nationally syndicated reality show, Maltina Dance All for four years consecutively.
In 2007, after years of success in front of the camera, her love for visual storytelling drew her to enroll in the New York Film Academy. Her move to the world behind the camera (as director & producer) has garnered Kemi even more accolades and recognition. Which further proves how much of a strong hold she has on the media industry. Today, Kemi is an award- winning director, producer and cinematographer. Her body of work crosses over numerous high profile music videos, commercials, television content and films.
Her first short, “Across A Bloodied Ocean” premiered by invitation at the prestigious ‘Pan African Film Festival’ in Los Angeles in 2008. It subsequently screened (by invite as well) at the Black Arts Film Festival in Atlanta. Kemi has been invited to teach, and motivate at numerous seminars, including highly respected FIVECC 2010 in Alicante Spain.
Akpe Ododoru is a British born cinematographer | photographer | colourist whose eye for details started at an early age with him as an artist painting and drawing everything he sees. His unique and prestige style comes from applying everything he knows as an artist to his photography and cinematography.
Over the years Akpe has travelled the world shooting commercials, corporate events, movies and top industry celebrities like Aston Martin, Davidoff, Atlantis hotel Dubai to name a few.
Akpe currently lives in the United Kingdom
Movie studio executive in charge of the development of films and related content at FilmOneproduction and distribution. Trained at the BBC and later mentored by Sir David Frost, Don has worked across television, film and magazine for many years and still currently does as a journalist/producer/Director. Don is also a lecturer at Lagos Business School, with research interest in media strategy and business.
IjeomaAgukoronye is a Nigerian producer who has written, edited and produced content for major banks, beverage companies, and FMCGs. Her work includes television series, entertainment programs, sports shows and documentaries. “The Wedding Party” is her first feature film.
Zulumoke is a filmmaker, writer, and content creator. She is co-founder of Inkblot Productions, creators of ‘The Arbitration’, ‘Out of Luck’, ‘The Department’ and the web series ‘Knock Knock’. A lawyer, certified member of the Nigerian Bar Association and associate member of the Certified Institute of Shipping, Zulumoke’s foray into storytelling started as a student, producing school plays and dances. She worked in the fashion, media, petroleum, real estate and e-commerce
industries before focusing on film in 2010, employing her multifaceted experience in creating and developing stories for screen. When she isn’t creating film, Zulumoke is busy learning about life. All her friends call her Zulu.
Andrew Webber is an award-winning editor who has been accredited for a plethora of reality, factual programming and feature films, which have been broadcast all over the across the world.
As a graduate from the University of Wolverhampton, Andrew’s passion lies with delivering dramatic, cutting-edge edits. Channel 4’s ‘Come Dine With Me’ and BBC’s ‘Eastenders E20’ being prime examples of this.
After much success from dramas such as ‘The Mirror Boy’ and ‘Hard Time Bus’ which has both received general cinema releases, ‘The Wedding Party’ will be Andrew’s third feature which he has edited.