EbonyLife TV and Disney have concluded a deal
to give ABC’s hit series Desperate
Housewives to an African adaptation which will
be shot in Lagos Nigeria. According to
EbonyLive, the series will star a number of pan-
African actors and is expected to premiere some
time in 2014.
Check out the Official statement from EbonyLife
It’s getting more and more exciting on Africa’s
First Global Entertainment Network! Disney Is
Taking ‘Desperate Housewives’ To Lagos In
Deal with Nigeria-Based EbonyLife TV!
Ben Pyne, president of global distribution at
Disney, announced at the just concluded
MIPCOM 2013 (the international TV and
entertainment market held in Cannes once
every year; where content is introduced for co-
producing, buying, selling, financing and
distributing). He revealed that an “African
version” of Desperate Housewives – the once
comedy/drama series created by Marc Cherry,
and broadcast by ABC from 2004 until 2012 –
is currently in development, for a summer
2014 debut. The co-production deal is with
Nigeria-based EbonyLife TV – a multi-platform
broadcaster, and subsidiary of Media and
Entertainment City Africa (MEC Africa) in Cross
River State, Nigeria. Desperate Housewives – the “African version”
will feature a pan-African cast, and will be set
in Lagos, Nigeria, where it will also be shot,
with a summer 2014 debut date set, airing in
44 countries within the continent. The original
ABC TV series followed the dramatic lives of a
group of women, over a 13-year period, and 8
seasons, as seen through the eyes of a dead
neighbor who committed suicide in the very
“We are going to make it relevant, number
one, by using local talent — talent that our
viewers will know and love; two, we are going
to work with local stylists, local fashion
designers, local interior designers, making it
wholly immersed in African culture, fashion
and music.” said Mo Abudu, CEO and
Executive Chairman, EbonyLife TV. “We are
going to give the stories an African flavor. We
will localize it, because there’s nothing that
the West has that Africa doesn’t have: we
love, we fight, we kiss, we make up. We like
all the good things in life. There’s good and
there’s evil globally. So all those human
interests, those things that appeal to you,
believe me, appeal to us also. The series
spoke universally to women and to men,
about relationships, marriage and bringing up
children. All those stories are there. And
Africans are the original storytellers. Your
grandparents would sit you down at night and
tell you tales. We love a good story.”
Well then, the obvious question here is, what
actresses from the continent will make up the
ensemble cast in the Nigeria-set version of
Desperate Housewives? Nollywood talents
should definitely get some looks here…
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I love it when one of ours is recognised
globally for doing good work and putting Nigeria on the map and Africa at large on the world map. This year has been an exciting year for Mosunmola Abudu, Chairwoman and Chief Executive of EbonyLife TV popularly known as Mo Abudu.
Rising from the days of anchoring and producing Africa’s first syndicated show, Moments With Mo in 2006, into owning a TV network – EBONYLIFE
TV, Africa’s first continent-wide broadcaster targeting Africa’s growing aspirational middle class with programming that ‘celebrates style
and success while motivating its audience to dream and dream big’ – Mo Abudu.
Mo Abudu who is recognised by The Hollywood Reporter as revolutionizing pay TV in Africa, is identified amongst 25 women, as the female innovators who oversee empires on their own
terms with savvy determination to make a mark on worldwide TV, through giving greenlight to shows on International TV that captivate
millions and adapt in a rapidly changing global media industry.
Mo Abudu is recognised as Africa’s answer to Oprah. Moments with Mo has featured guests from Hillary Clinton to Diane Von Furstenberg to presidents to musicians to actors and game
changers – the show is carried across 48 African countries.
Other women recognised on the list of 25 were Elisabeth Murdoch(Chairman of Shine), Cecile Frot-Coutaz (FremantleMedia boss), Martha Brass( Endemol COO), Anke Shaeferkordt (RTL Group), Elisabeth Durand
(TF1), Sophie Turner Laing (BSkyB), Natalya Sindeyeva (Owner and General Director of TV Channel Dozhd, Russia), Sneha Rajani (Executive VP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television, India), Nomin Chinbat
(CEO, HD TV Network, Mongolia0 and many others – visit The Hollywood Reporter for full list.
In Drake’s voice, it’s safe to say Mo Abudu started from the bottom and look at where she is now – Mo Abudu is a self-taught TV host, no formal training – just love and passion.
All it takes is to keep dreaming and keep pushing the envelope and most
ultimately, believing in yourself and working hard to attain what is necessary and consistently improving.
Note that this is The Hollywood Reporter‘s inaugural list on Women in International TV. Source: The Hollywood Reporter magazine + 360nobs
HELLO! Nigeria Magazine: The Launch With Mrs Fashola, Mo Abudu, Agbani Darego, Dolapo Oni & More (Photos)
In an attempt to keep my promise to post photos from the Launch of Hello! Nigeria Magazine’s Debut issue, despite the headache my wordpress for blackberry app has been giving me all day, please follow this link to view the amazing photos of the star studded event http://www.360nobs.com/2013/10/hello-magazine-nigeria-the-launch-with-mrs-fashola-mo-abudu-agbani-darego-dolapo-oni-morephotos/ FYI, its a must see, esp cos of how stunning former Miss World Agbani Darego looked in a Purple Strapless, knee length Hervé Léger dress. Former Mr. Nigeria Brian Okpara who has kinda being missing for sometime from the Naija social scene also made and appearance…… Including Ebuka Obii-Uchendu, Frank Oshodi, Agbani Darego, Bola Balogun, Stephanie Coker, Dolapo Oni, Desmond Elliot, Mai Atafo in a Mai Atafo suit, Mo Abudu in Givenchy and a host of others. Enjoy.
First Look: HELLO! NIGERIA Magazine’s First Cover With RMD, Ali Baba, Olu Jacobs, Mai Atafo, 2Face, Jackie Appiah, Mo Abudu, Agbani Darego & More
here is the
first up-close look of the actual first cover
spread featuring 15 top personalities from
Music, Film, Fashion, Culture and Style in
HELLO! Nigeria magazine will cover lifestyle,
celebrities, royalties and every trending story on
the African continent and beyond.
HELLO! Nigeria in addition to Hints
magazine, Complete Fashion magazine and
Beauty Box magazine is a publication
under True Tales Publications (TTP), a
leading publisher of lifestyle magazines in West
Since its founding in 1989, True Tales
Publications has pioneered engaging
storytelling, dynamic photography and
informative journalism. In 2013, TTP became
the official publisher of Hello! Nigeria, the first
Sub-Saharan African edition of HOLA! the world
wide brand. Hello! Nigeria joins HOLA!’s family
of thirty three franchises across the world.
The Hello! Nigeria magazine is proudly
sponsored by the United Bank of Africa and
Moet and Chandon. The Fifteen personalities of Arts and Power featured in the Maiden edition of the Hello! Nigeria magazine, are:
1. Richard Mofe Damijo
2. Jackie Appiah
3. Femi Kuti
4. Mo Abudu
5. 2Face Idibia
6. Folake Folarin Coker
7. Olu Jacobs
8. Nike Davies-Okundaye
9. Newton Jibunoh
10. Lisa Folawiyo
11. Agbani Darego
12. Aisha Obuobi
13. Ali Baba
14. Stephanie Okereke
15. Mai Atafo
Photography by Moussa Moussa
I promise to post photos from the unveiling/launch of the first
HELLO! Nigeria magazine by Mrs Abimbola Fashola later…..winks.
The September edition cover girl for TW
(Today’s Woman) Magazine is none other than
Mo Abudu, a lady who has proven that
passion and a clear-headed focus can get you
anything you want. From HR practitioner to
Media mogul, Mo’ is indeed an inspiration to all
African women, and with the recent launch of
her Television station Mosunmola Abudu is
set to change forever, the world’s perception
For the first time, this ‘mover and shaker’
speaks CANDIDLY of her fears, challenges &
managing naysayers, while proclaiming with a
trust in God “If you can see it, you can do it”
Also catch hunky Ghanaian heartthrob Chris
Attoh is this month’s celebrity feature. This
talented actor speaks about starting his own
family, moving from Ghana to Nigeria to
pursue his acting dreams & his successful
transition from actor to director/screen writer,
with the recently aired made for TV movie
“Devoted” on Ebony Life TV.
Also you don’t want to miss the magazine’s
sit-down with singer/song writer Ese Peters
whose mission is to change the world one song
at a time. Also featured is Dolapo
Ogunwole, spoken-word poet, singer/
songwriter & actor, as well as renowned
gynaecologist, Dr. Bosede Afolabi who along
with other gynaecologists, sheds some light on
gynecological cancers; as TW joins the world
this September on a Globeathon to fight
women’s below the belt cancers.
The fashion loom has spun again & it’s time to
look forward to a new fashion season with 20
pages of drool worthy fall fashion, starting
with super colourful editorial spotlighting the
season’s major looks. A Practical Girl’s Guide
sums up how to wear this season’s skirt, which
every woman should invest in, alongside the
stunning statement bags you need to complete
the picture, all on the magazine’s Accessorized
This edition also includes regular features on
relationships, health, finance & beauty, plus
articles to help you live your best, most
authentic life. It’s definitely one not to be
Issue out now & available at newsstands
For more visit http://www.twmagazine.net
Cover story: Chinedu Iroche | Photographer:
Moussa Moussa | Makeup: Bimpe Onakoya |
Hair: Ola Garuba | Dress: Iconic Invanity
She is most certainly breaking boundaries.
Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu looks stunning on the cover of StyleMania Magazine‘s August 2013, Power Issue.
Apart from hosting and creating the famed “Moments with Mo”, she recently launched her highly anticipated network channel EbonyLife TV (ELTV) with a star studded affair in Lagos featuring International greats like Forbes Magazine’s Steve Forbes.
For the cover of the fashion publication, the media goddess (and mother of two), rocks a pretty dress made of a black chiffon bodice and lace black-and-red skirt as she shares her entrepreneurial journey so far.
Also featured in this edition are profiles of two formidable entrepreneurs Betty Irabor of Genevieve Magazine and Ruth Obih, CEO 3Invest Limited.
“Fashion takes an exaggerated twist in this edition and with daring attempts at showcasing the politics of power in Nigeria; they also stage a number of
bold luxurious accessories to splurge on this season”.
Photographer: Kelechi Amadi-Obi
Make-up: Bimpe Onakoya
Hair: Ola Garuba
Photographer: Gbenga Akindele-Nelly
Fashion Editor: Godson Ukaegbu
Make-up: Bayo Haastrup
Hair: Bernard Smiles
Model: Imade @ Isis Models
Photographer: Kelechi Amadi-Obi
Make-up: Bimpe Onakoya
Hair: Ola Garuba
Photographer: Yetunde Baba-Eko
Stylist: Godson Ukaegbu
Make-up: Bayo Haastrup
Hair: Bernard Smiles
Model: Shalom Obi
Steve Forbes arrived Nigeria yesterday evening for the launch of EbonyLife TV on DSTV happening today; the 30th of June where he is to be Keynote Speaker.
The Editor-in-Chief of business magazine “Forbes Magazine” as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of its publisher, “Forbes Inc.” was received with excitement by Quintessential Naija Media Personality Mo Abudu and other members of the EbonyLife TV crew at the Eko Hotel.
The channel which can be found on DSTV; Channel 165 is set to change everything you think you know about Africa…… Stay Tuned.
Leading stars in Media, Entertainment, Business, Innovation, Politics and the Economy in Africa and have been marked for honor and celebration at a coming event which has been
described by analysts and industry watchers as potentially one of the biggest and most prestigious events in Africa in the year 2013.
The landmark event is the launch of Mosunmola Abudu’s EbonyLife TV,
Africa’s first global black entertainment channel which is scheduled to hold in June 30, 2013 in
Lagos. A major highlight of the launch will be the celebration of important personalities who have and continue to have significant influence on the media, entertainment, business, political and economic landscapes of the African continent.
The awards, coming after months of intense research and a thorough verification exercise by Forbes, are being awarded by EbonyLife TV and will be presented by none other than Mr. Steve Forbes of Forbes Media, world renowned establishment which
has become an insignia of distinction across the world for recognizing worthy business decision-makers, investors and progressive individuals for
making real impact around the world by stimulating business growth, spearheading innovation, creating
employment and influencing great change in the economy of the world, or of their nation….. The award recipients include the following:
1. His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, for his administration’s support to the Nigerian Media & Entertainment Industry.
2. His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama
of the Republic of Ghana, for presiding over a country being selected as one of the best to do business in, globally.
3. His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa, for presiding over the first African Country to host The FIFA World Cup.
4. His Excellency, President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda, for presiding over a nation selected as one of the best countries to do business
5. Tope Shonubi, Tonye Cole and Ade Odunsi: founders of Sahara Energy Resources Limited for their contribution to the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry.
6. Isabel Dos Santos, for being the richest woman in Africa.
7. Uzoamaka Maduka, for being celebrated as a young African Achiever.
8. Toyin Odutola, for being celebrated as a young African Achiever.
9. Joke Silva, for her contribution and development of the Film & TV Industry in Africa.
10. King Sunny Ade, for his contribution and development of African Music.
11. Ebenezer Obey, for his contribution and development of African Music.
12. Onyeka Onwenu, for her contribution and development of African Music.
13. Sir Victor Olaiya, for his contribution and development of African Music.
14. Innocent (Tuface) Idibia, for his contribution and development of African Music.
15. Deola Sagoe, for her contribution and development to the African Fashion Industry. EbonyLife TV is revolutionizing Media and Entertainment in Nigeria and across Africa. Located in Tinapa, Cross River State, EbonyLife TV is proudly
made in Nigeria by passionate Nigerians. EbonyLife TV is the first Global Black Entertainment Network
in Nigeria, and indeed, Africa. The channel’s vision is to be the Preferred Global Network for Premium African Entertainment, by creating Original,
Premium and Inspiring content with an African Soul that showcases the best of Africa for a Global audience.
EbonyLife TV Launches Pan Africa wide on the DSTV Platform on the 1 of July 2013 on Channel 165.
Channel champions supporting EbonyLife TV include Cross River State Government, MTN, Nigerian Breweries and the United States Government.
Upon the unveiling of the Channel which will sit exclusively on the DStv platform, it will immediately be transmitting to and watched in over
46 African Countries and by over 8 million viewers.
EbonyLife TV’s Roll Out distribution strategy also includes major international platforms in the UK, United States, Brazil, Canada and other parts of Europe.
Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu’s channel debuting on the Dstv platform will bring you entertainment all day long with highly authentic nigerian programs like Banky W and Tiwa Savage’s fab show; “the banky and tiwa show” #keep ur fingers crossed people#