Mo Abudu is celebrating her birthday today and we are quite excited for the talk show host and producer, who has had an amazing couple of days with her latest movie production “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival.
To mark her special day, celebrity photographer TY Bello shared a couple of never before seen photos of the media guru and also shared an interesting piece on her experience with Mo Abudu, who she calls a super woman.
Read TY Bello’s piece below.
MO ABUDU: SUPER WOMAN (THE REAL ONE)
I photographed @moabudu for the first time almost 15 years ago…a corporate guru and head of Vic Lawrence and associates at the time. We got along really well and I got to photograph her many more times after that. What I remember most was her excitement about the future and the very unconventional dreams she had and the matter-of-fact way she spoke of the (at the time) almost unrealistic moves she planned to make.
“TY.. I’m starting a TV Show o.. it’s going to be called Moments With Mo..”
In no time the show began and I remember visiting her on set at City mall (yes…aunty Mo Abudu built a grand set right there) and I watched her lead, learn and push like she’s always been in media. I saw her take on impossible project after impossible project after impossible project, pulling together the right production team and running this machine till she perfected it. Then on to the next one .
“TY .. I’m setting up a TV station o.. it’s going to be called @ebonylifetv”
…and again leading, learning, pushing like she’s done it before …
“TY … I’m making a movie o.. it going to be called The Wedding Party” …done!
“TY you should come on set.. I’m making another movie .. it’s going to be called The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” … I get on set and I’m thinking, how does she do this. Then she announces again, “TY .. I’m making another movie ooo…”
I’ve never seen this woman stop.
I got to photograph her recently and she announced yet again, “TY I’m off to film school next week”, and then I’m following this woman on Instagram with her all nigerian cast at the Toronto film festival. We spoke and she was so excited, “They loved it TY…they loved this simple Nigerian love story” and she makes yet another announcement ‘I’m making another Movie TY.. I’m sitting here in Toronto working it out in my head’.
How does she do this? She’s going to keep us asking, it’s clear. She’s going to simply just be super woman(the real one) over and over again. Happy birthday aunty Mo.
Photo Credit: Instagram.com/tybello