University of Westminster awards Mo Abudu with Honourary Doctorate Degree
For her outstanding contributions to broadcasting and enterprise in Nigeria, the University of Westminster has awarded Mo Abudu, an honourary degree of Doctor of Arts.
Mo is the Founder and Chief Executive of EbonyLife Media.
The presentation was made during the university’s annual graduation ceremony at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall in London.
Speaking on the choice of Mo for the award, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Peter Bonfield said “Westminster University awards honourary degrees to those who have made outstanding contributions in their personal and professional lives.
In her acceptance speech, Mo, who spoke directly to the graduates from the School of Arts and School of Media and Communication said: “The most important thing in life is to find your God-given purpose and passion. I mention God because I am a strong Christian and I truly believe he directs my every step. But going back to purpose, please find that thing you are passionate about, that you feel you were born to do.
“Then, spend everyday planning and carrying out that purpose. It’s not always easy to find – but if you persevere, it will never fail you. When things get tough – and they will – just keep forging ahead – stay focused – be tenacious – and eventually, your purpose will multiply and become unstoppable!”
The broadcaster and filmmaker attended Westminster in 1993 when she completed a master’s degree in Manpower Studies. After successful careers as a corporate executive and human resources entrepreneur, Mo entered the world of media as the host and producer of Moments with Mo, the first pan-African talk show. In 2012, she went on to found EbonyLife TV, which has grown into a media group, encompassing movie production and global video-on-demand (VoD).
In October, Mo was included in The Powerlist, the top 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage in the UK, alongside Meghan Markle, Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton. December marks the release of Chief Daddy, the fifth feature produced by EbonyLife Films.