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29th January 2023

EbonyLife Owner Mo Is World’s 98th Most Powerful Woman

EbonyLife Owner Mo Is World's 98th Most Powerful Woman
EbonyLife Owner Mo Is World's 98th Most Powerful Woman

EbonyLife owner Mo Abudu has reacted to being named the 98th most powerful woman in the world, by Forbes.

The Nigerian media mogul and EbonyLife owner Mo Abudu was named the 98th most powerful woman in the world, among other 100 very influential and powerful women in the world by the financial magazine on Wednesday.

Abudu was recognised for her outstanding contribution in the media and entertainment sectors.

According to Forbes, the publication which was released on Wednesday, saw names of powerful women drawn from diverse backgrounds including musicians, politicians, athletes and more. The ranking now in its 18th year includes 10 heads of state, 38 chief executives and five entertainers.

No. 1 on Forbes’ annual list is MacKenzie Scott, who is recognized for her philanthropic work. Vice President Kamala Harris nabbed the No. 2 spot, with France’s Christine Lagarde, the first woman to lead the European Central Bank, in No. 3

Forbes compiles the rankings using four metrics: money, media mentions, impact and spheres of influence.

Mo Abudu on Thursday, while reacting to the news, took to her official social media handle to thank the magazine and other 99 of her most powerful women in the world named.

She said:

“Good morning beautiful people 

I woke up yesterday to the incredible news that I have been included on the annual list of THE FORBES 100 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN THE WORLD at no. 98.

Forbes released its 18th annual list on the 7th of December, 2021 – reported by Nicolette Jones and Erika Burho. Edited by Moira Forbes and Maggie McGrath.

I’m humbled and deeply grateful to be amongst some of the world’s most amazing women, including MacKenzie Scott (no. 1), a novelist, philanthropist and the third-wealthiest woman in the USA, and Christine Lagarde (no. 3), President of the European Central Bank.

Women of colour on the list include US Vice-President Kamala Harris (no. 2,) and Oprah Winfrey, making her umpteenth appearance on this list. 

There are only three African women on the list: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the WTO (no. 91), Samia Suluhu Hassan, the current President of Tanzania (no. 94),

And yours truly – Me 

I quote Forbes – “Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu is one of the most powerful women in global media”

A dear friend said to me today when she heard about this news “imagine if your child self could have known where you were heading”

Again, I didn’t see it coming. Just thanking God for these global opportunities and doing our very best to keep growing The EBONYLIFE brand around the world and creating first class opportunities and value for every single stakeholder we partner with and work with.

My wish is that there will be many more of my deserving African sisters on this list in the years to come,” she said.

Nigeria media mogul Mo Abudu’s major partnership deals with Sony Pictures Television, AMC Networks and Netflix were some of the reasons she made this year’s list.

The deal with Netflix marked the first time an African media company signed a multi-title film and TV agreement with the streaming giant.

The other Nigerian who made the list was the former minister of finance and current Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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