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Nigeria’s foremost media entrepreneur, and CEO of Ebonylife Media, Mo Abudu,is expected to chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala held in New York later this year.

The International Emmy Awards is held annually in November by the  International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS) to honour the best television programs produced and aired outside the United States since 1973.

The world’s leading television producers showcase their programming and compete for recognition at the International Emmy Awards Gala where about a thousand international executives in the global television value chain, from broadcasting, production and distribution convene to honour global television’s best.

The International Emmy Awards in its 18th June announcement  Instagram page said:

“EbonyLife TV (#Nigeria) CEO, Mo Abudu, will Chair the 47th International Emmy Awards Gala on November 25, in #NYC. #iemmys

“As producers, we are in a unique position to share fresh, authentic, and original stories with a global audience. Our content is not limited by language or culture. Viewers want to see stories that reflect their everyday lives—which can be found everywhere.

At EbonyLife, we believe in changing the global African narrative. And like many, we connect the world with our stories. As a Nigerian television producer, I am honoured to chair the 47th International Emmy Awards and be part of an organization that celebrates extraordinary television producers from all over the globe.”

– Mo Abudu

Abudu, in her response, said it was an honour to be chosen to chair the prestigious Gala, and expressed appreciation to the awards for the honour and opportunity

The media mogul described as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman” by Forbes, was listed as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global television by The Hollywood Reporter in 2013, was elected an Emmy Awards director in 2018, became the first African to be honoured with the MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur in 2019; an award given to senior executives who have significantly contributed to the development of television internationally and is a member of the jury for the 2019 Rolex Awards.

The 47th International Emmy Awards ceremony will hold on the 25th of November, 2019, preceded by the International Emmy® World Television Festival





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This article was first published on 19th June 2019


Akwaowo Willie is a social media consultant for several businesses including SMEs and Startups. He is also an entrepreneur and writer with interests in entertainment, media, fashion, among others. He is married, with 2 adorable children.

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