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EbonyLife TV CEO Mo Abudu & Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo

Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo spearheaded an investment summit in Los Angeles in a bid to assist TV and film producers in Nigeria.

The event held on Wednesday, 11th of June and EbonyLife TV CEO Mo Abudu facilitated the closed-door meeting between Yemi Osinbajo and senior executives from Sony Pictures Television. Although the discussion remains highly confidential, it is believed that talks revolved around assisting the Nigerian film & TV industry to improve its content and gain access to the international market. 

At the summit were some Sony Pictures Television executives, including  Keith Le Goy, President Worldwide Television Distribution & Networks and Mike Wald, Executive Vice-President, Distribution.

At the event, the EbonyLife CEO delivered a keynote address that highlighted the EbonyLife story and showed how the media group was embracing the challenges the creative sector faces and using them to create opportunities for growth.

Ambassador Sylvanus Nsofor – Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Mike Wald – Executive Vice President Distribution (Sony), Professor Yemi Osinbajo – Vice President of Nigeria, Keith Le Goy – Preside

At an earlier open forum, the Vice President was joined by the Economic Adviser to the President, Dr. Yemi Dipeolu; Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Sylvanus Nsofor; Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Folorunsho Coker; President of Africa 2.0, Nikkole Charlene Wilkerson; Kevin Parker, talent manager at Artist First; Tamara Houston, founder of Icon Mann, organisers of the Oscars and Emmy awards events; Chike Chukudebelu, Vice-President, NBC Development; Amber Rasberry, VP, Production & Development, Global Road (film and TV); and executives from Cannon Group.

The Nigerian media and entertainment industry was out in force for this important rendezvous with their Hollywood counterparts. Leading personalities included Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, CEO, Nigerian Film Corporation; Toyin Adeniji, Director, Bank of Industry; Moses Babatope, MD, FilmOne; Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia, artiste and producer; Chike Nwoffiah, Festival Director, Silicon Valley African Film Festival; Audu Maikori, Group CEO, Chocolate City Entertainment; Bolanle Austen-Peters, CEO, BAP Productions, amongst others. 

See the photos below.

Professor Yemi Osinbajo – Vice President of Nigeria and Dr Yemi Dipeolu – Economic Adviser to the President

Segun Awolowo, Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council

Professor Yemi Osinbajo – Vice President of Nigeria

Professor Yemi Osinbajo – Vice President of Nigeria, Segun Awolowo – Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mike Wald – Executive Vice President Distribution (Sony), Keith Le Goy – Preside

Mo Abudu with Folorunsho Coker – DG Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and 2Baba

Mo Abudu with Chike Nwoffiah, Founder of the Silicon Valley African Film Festival

Mo Abudu with Dr Chidia Maduekwe, CEO of The Nigerian Film Corporation

Mo Abudu with Feyi Aina, SA on Communications to the Vice President of Nigeria

Mo Abudu with Keith Le Goy – President, Worldwide Television Distribution & Networks (Sony) and Mike Wald – Executive Vice President Distribution (Sony)

Mo Abudu with Marcus Lollie, Co-founder of Cannon Media, David Gersh, Co-President of the Gersh Agency and Steve Gersh, Founder of the Gersh Agency

Mo Abudu with Moses Babatope – Group Executive Director, COO – FilmOne and co-Founder of Filmhouse

Segun Aluko, Lawyer WME and Sean Monroe, Entertainment Lawyer – O’Melverny & Myers LLP

4 Comments

  1. Aare farmland

    July 12, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Lol, I hope they understand that Hollywood likes money. If they want an outlet for nigerian products, the smaller companies or independents are genuine prospects.

  2. Tracy Edward

    July 15, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Well done VP and Mo Abudu and the rest of the group, I say well done for a great Job done by working to make Nigeria Film and Digital etc to move forward. God Bless you all. To the above commentator, I would say don´t people like you ever see positvness and prasie it. The VP and his group who went to USA did a fantastic Job for the better of Nigeria and all you guys do is to ever complain, I have great pity for people like you. God bless Nigeria in Christ Jesus Amen. Ballenaija God bless all of you.

    • yes maam

      July 15, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Ah, glad to see Mo and her minions did not disappoint. I was waiting to see how long it would take for them to come here and either sing their praises, chastise those who don’t or both.

      Dear ‘Tracy Edward’,

      What exactly are you congratulating Mo Abudu for since you chose to mention her by name as though she was the only one in the delegation? Why do you see the above move as positive? ie, what has she done so far to raise the bar in Nigerian Film and Digital that means excursions to LA will bring more to Nigeria. I note, more to Mo Abudu’s pocket is not more to Nigeria. It is more to Mo!

      I have pity for people like you who are so blinded with crumbs and face beat that you cannot spot exploitation even when it is being rubbed all over your face.

      Whilst you were calling on God, did you ever pause to ask why for a trip that is to help Nigerian Film and Digital, the report does not actually highlight ANY Nigerian Filmmaker????????????? who was there.

      Surely if you want more support, you take filmmakers who have actually made credible work and showcase them to possible strategic alliances in Hollywood including what they have in development that might benefit from additional muscles to get on screen.

      And no, Mo Abudu is not a filmmaker.

      If Bella ever posts this, you shall read. Otherwise, I hope at some point you find the way to a real God as any God who encourages the kind of mediocrity and corruption that you are endorsing is not the kind of God that needs to bless Nigeria. AMEN!

  3. yes maam

    July 15, 2018 at 11:35 am

    ‘comment awaiting moderation’ if it is approved, you shall see it. Otherwise, please know, Nigerians have opinions on this but Bella is really a pay per post platform!

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