Mo Abudu launches film prodco
Mo Abudu, CEO of Nigeria’s EbonyLife Media, has launched a new production company called Mo Abudu Films.
Abudu said the new studio would enable her to take a more personal and intimate approach to storytelling, both as a writer and director.
“Over the past decade, I have been focused on building the EbonyLife brand, and I still am,” she said. “As a firm believer that true artistic expression demands absolute freedom, I am ecstatic to take this leap of faith and dive headfirst into writing and directing.
“My passion for storytelling has always been a driving force behind my work, and with Mo Abudu Films, I am excited to share even more stories with the world. I cannot wait to bring you all on this journey with me as I explore new creative avenues and bring my vision to life on screen.
“Whether it’s a heartwarming drama, an exciting action-packed thriller or a poignant romantic film, I am excited to explore the many different shades of storytelling through film. I am eager to bring my unique perspective to each and every project, and I look forward to sharing my films with the world through Mo Abudu Films.”
In related news, Abudu’s short films Iyawo Mi and Her Perfect Life, which she wrote and directed late last year, will be screened at the 21st Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, scheduled to be held from August 4 to 12.
Iyawo Mi tells the story of a young man who must choose between duty and love when his wife goes mad and threatens to tear their family apart. The film stars Lateef Adedimeji, Bolaji Ogunmola and Segun Arinze.
Her Perfect Life, meanwhile, tells the story of a woman’s picture-perfect life in Lagos, which is shattered by a hidden struggle as she faces the daunting challenge of reconciling her inner turmoil with her public persona. The film stars Pearl Thusi and Joseph Benjamin in leading roles, with Omowunmi Dada, Uzo Osimkpa, Mary Lazarus and Christian Paul supporting.
Abudu added that Iyawo Mi will also be showcased at the Short Film Corner during the Cannes Film Festival, a global stage that brings together filmmakers from around the world later this month. “This is a huge honour for me as a filmmaker and storyteller, as the festival is an important platform for black film and black perspective, and it’s also an Oscar-qualifying festival,” she said.