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Mo Abudu is a Model Mogul & Millen Magese the Pretty Traveler in Features for Essence Mag’s 1st Global Issue



Mo Abudu & Millen Magese for Essence Magazine - BellaNaija - July2015

The first Global Issue of Essence magazine sees 2 familiar faces – CEO & Executive Producer of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu & Former Miss Tanzania & Model, Millen Magese.

Mo has been profiled in the magazine’s ‘Money & Power’ segment as a “Model Mogul”. The feature details “how three African entrepreneurs are ushering in a new wave of innovative, women-led businesses” written by Farai Gundan and photographed by Ade Asiko. The feature also profiles Kenya’s Nelly Tuikong of Pauline Cosmetics & Zambia’s Monica Musonda of Java Foods.

Mo Abudu for Essence Magazine - July2015

The article describes Mo as the “media maven” who is “transforming television on the continent,” and then goes on to herald how Mo started Ebony Life TV with a brief interview with her. In the article, when asked why she started Ebony Life TV, Mo stated how there was a widespread ignorance about the customs and ways of natives of Nigeria. “You continually got asked the most ridiculous and mind-boggling questions like ‘Do you guys live in trees and holes in Africa?’ ‘Do you guys dance around fires?’ and ‘What do you eat for breakfast?’” “I think somewhere deeply buried in my subconscious was a need to tell Africa’s story.

Be sure to grab a copy of Essence’ first global issue to read more from her interview.

Tanzania’s Millen Magese was also featured in their Beauty segment titled “Passport to Pretty”. Written by Nykia Spradley and photographed by Warwick Saint, they write on Millen as the “African Queen” as she “strolls on the grounds of The Residence resort in Zanzibar.”

Millen Magese for Essence Magazine - BellaNaija - July2015

They also advise that we “be like the international model and keep your hot-weather beauty easy-breezy with oil-free moisturizer that includes an SPF. Wear minimal foundation and use a gentle body exfoliator for silky smooth skin.”

The Global Issue is already available!

Photo Credit: Essence August Issue


  1. bruno FIERCE

    July 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    dear mo abudu, pls can u stop hiring returnees who failed in america or london and decided to return back to nigeria.

    everybody on ebony life tv is so fake. with their fake yeye oyinbo ascent. so fake.

    by the way I watched an episode of desperate housewives africa and it was a disaster. u shouldn’t have done a remake. pls we nigerians want original programming like that upcoming show about a fat girl trying to be skinny (bellanaija advertised it yesterday). that show looks promising instead of recycling what oyinbo people have finished doing. thanks

    • bn lover

      July 10, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Bless u Bruno….and the new show based on the story is the struggle in Nigeria 2day….people can relate

    • piece of my mind

      July 10, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      tooooooo on point!!!!!

    • Beeeee

      July 10, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      That’s if they even went to the America or London. The fake accents are a big turn off which is why I don’t even bother watching Ebony Life. I understand that some people feel they have to change their accents when in a foreign land to blend in. But now that you are back around your original people, isn’t it time to switch back to your original accent to blend back in? When will the fake accent finish? I lived in the U.S for 15 years and didn’t come back with any fake for forneh. Person go dey forneh dey gbagaun on top. It is wa.

    • nene

      July 10, 2015 at 7:32 pm


    • Passerby

      July 12, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Bruno, you know life is not by force. It’s not so deep. Ebony TV was obviously not made for you and your followers. Rather than spit so much of that venom of yours, try drinking some iced lemonade and flip the channel. It’s as simple as that. I’m sure there are many out there who appreciate and have no beef for the fone or returnees. Go and watch. Africa magic and leave Ebony life alone. Geez.

      FYI move with the times, the world has become a global village, fake and authentic fone is here to stay both in Naija and overseas. Being abroad and going abroad is not such a big deal anymore so why the complex?? It’s not the accent that counts but the character of the person and you really need to work on yours.

      To those who have been abroad for donkey years and don’t have an accent. Good for you. We are all different and diverse. Some people go to school in the north for a year and become fluent in Hausa. Some spend 6 years in boarding school in the heart of the north and don’t know squat. Such his life.

      Some people abroad cannot function at their jobs without at least trying to speak with the foreign accent….try being a doctor that sees patients frequently in a US suburb and see if you will get by trying to be Mama or Papa. Africa. Many in these foreign settings can hardly hear an “accent'” and delay your time at work because they can’t understand u- for real.

      Some people who sound fake are mainly those caught between their native and foreign accents by default. Others have what you call a twang. Maybe some are putting it up but so what? Did they kill somebody? As long as you can understand them keep your peace and move on!
      Let people be and stop these bitter and childish outbursts. If you don’t like something. Simply leave it and move on. Haba. Na wa for all of una. Bitter sector. Spread love not haterade!

  2. prince

    July 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    MO is a beauty. gorgeous woman. well done ma

  3. micheal stephanie

    July 10, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I love what ebony life is trying to do. But they fail miserably. Almost everyone on the channel has a British or American accent. Only ebuka and time has Nigerian accents.most of the hosts are horrible. Just because u have a nice voice doesn’t make u a host. The sitcoms are painful to watch. The camera qualities are horrible. I only recommend desperate housewives of Africa to my friends in SA to watch.people want to see authentic African stories played by Africans not Americans. I love ebony life. more is doing something amazing. But if u want to do something, do it well or don’t at all.

  4. Sir Ruby

    July 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    So true Bruno, I noticed dat too. Mo’ Abudu pls work on dis. Ur such a great, talented and innovative woman. Kip it up!

  5. trial and error

    July 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Must this woman’s mouth be open all the time! She always looks confused.

  6. kike

    July 10, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I quite like the Spot it’s pretty original. Lamide and Ebuka are amazing they don’t have an accent, both born and bred in Nigeria and absolutely amazing.

    The channel seems to be very Western influenced. With all the royalty money they are paying for Desperate Housewives I’m sure they could have produced original and authentic shows that would be a lot more popular with their target audience. Aunty stop trying to show the American we are this or that and focus on producing shows that Africans want to watch.

    I hope for the day when Nigerians don’t associate success with foreigness. There aint nothing wrong with local hence the widespread success of Nollywood despite the sometimes abysmal movies.

  7. bells

    July 11, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I love the spot esp. lamide, dat gal is too intelligent for that show. Didn’t enjoy desperate housewives initially but d plot is getting interesting -d casting should hv bin better though. El rated is getting boring preferred d fat lady. Before 30 has stopped showing?. El report n vvip events -I never miss those, love it. Moments should pls invite older married/divorced/widowed women wt real experience to their gals talk, noble igwe shouldn’t be advicing young gals. In all, I love Mo n I believe she’s a perfect example of a strong woman.

  8. Heeba

    July 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Ebony tv hmnnn. Tried watching it really tried liking it but ….nah .not criticising but noticed
    1. majority of presenters, advisors, host all young. Sometimes we actually need peeps with older experience
    2. most of them as posted have been living or working abroad and can only mainly relate to western culture meanwhile you are talking to people that live here or born and raised in Nigeria and I actually don’t have a problem with accents but what about the audience that carries majority of viewers that don’t understand the accent
    3, there are loads of. Nigerian graduates that speak good English!! Although they may not have the work ethics and creativity of our been there sisters.

    Mo you have done a good job , just need improvements cause you look like you want to only capture 2% of (elite,wanna be )viewers

  9. Vivi

    July 12, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Love the tv. There is nothing wrong with the presenters accent. That is what nija viewers want. If they speak like typical nija, you guys will complain that the accent is to igbotic or stunch yoruba etc

  10. Spirit

    July 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Is the Essence Global Edition for sale in the U.S. or is it for sale overseas only? The point is that we in Africa know that we don’t live on trees or holes so why not publish these stories in the regular Essence Magazine?

  11. Waka Pass

    August 9, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Dear Passerby,

    You’re calling out Bruno for hating, but please check your own comment again. According to you, Bruno has venom, his outburst is childish, and he belongs to the bitter sector. Really? All that because he offered a critique of something in the public space? What do you think all that you said about Bruno and others makes your own comment?

    Here’s the thing: if you don’t want the public to have an opinion on something, don’t bring it into the public realm. Once anything goes public, the public has a right to hold opinions on it. And the idea that anybody who offers a critique on something does so out of hate must be resisted. Critiquing is always necessary for improvement.

    You made a valid point about accents and I wish you’d relate that to followership. If you and Bruno stood up in a Nigerian public space to make your different pitches, who do you think will get a larger applause? Hint: look at the number of Love this! you both have. As I’m sure you can tell, followership isn’t to be messed with–just look at Nollywood, warts and all.

    Let me invert something I’m sure you’ll recognise: If it is making naira, it’s making sense.

    Peace to all humankind.

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