In celebrating the International Women’s Day, Variety Magazine – an American weekly entertainment magazine, mentioned Nigeria’s Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Mo Abudu on her International Women’s Impact Report 2018.
The magazine recorded a list of 50 names of women across the globe, making impacts in mostly the media and entertainment industries.
Nigeria, Founder, EbonyLife
Abudu used her star-making springboard as the force of daytime talkie “Moments with Mo” to launch the EbonyLife empire, with a film production unit and upscale lifestyle TV network; she’s been dubbed the Oprah of Africa. “As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I’ve had to be strong, focused and relentless – and work twice as hard as the men around me,” she says. Determined to push for gender parity in the Nigerian biz, she estimates that nearly 80% of “key positions” at EbonyLife are filled by women. This year she’ll unveil a mentoring scheme to support the next generation of young women in film and broadcasting.
“Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
With more than 300 acting credits to her name, Ekeinde is an icon of Nigeria’s prolific Nollywood film biz although she says that, “at heart, I think I am an activist first.” An ambassador for the U.N.’s World Food Program and campaigner for Amnesty Int’l, she’s used her big-screen platform to drive her humanitarian goals. Her next step is developing a film village in the former slaveport of Badagry, where she wants young Nigerians to hone their filmmaking skills while learning about “our rights and future as Africans,” she says. “I continue to explore ways we truly can be liberated and prosperous.”
Others on the list are Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), J. K. Rowling (Author, Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast) and Jessica Kam (Head of Programming and production, HBO Asia).