…As Buhari greets Garba Shehu at 60***
Media mogul, Mo Abudu has become the first African to chair the International Emmy Awards Gala.
Abudu performed the role at the recently concluded 47th International Emmy Awards in New York City.
In June, The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences had appointed the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Media to chair the gala.
This followed her appointment as the first African director of the Academy, signalling a change in the opportunities opening up for television content producers on the continent.
Sharing the moment on her Instagram page on Wednesday, Abudu wrote @moabudu, “Chairing the International Emmys Gala was such an incredible opportunity for me personally, for EBONYLIFE and for Nigerian TV Producers.
“Now we have our foot in the door which will gradually open wider. Let’s get going with our global stories.”
Speaking at the gala, she said, “These partnerships are the first of their kind between Hollywood studios and a Nigerian television company.
“We are happy to be at the forefront of forging these new partnerships because it is truly about sharing our local stories with a global audience – stories that are historical, authentic and progressive.”
Stand-up comedian and actor Ronny Chieng, a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and star of Crazy Rich Asians, hosted the gala.
Businesswoman, philanthropist, author and former model Iman presented the Directorate Award to CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour.
Actor Conleth Hill, known worldwide for his role as Lord Varys in Game of Thrones, presented the Founders Award to the show’s creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Abudu launched EbonyLIfe TV in 2013, with a mission to change the narrative about Africa.
In 2014, she started EbonyLife Films, which has created the three highest-grossing films in the history of Nollywood.
In 2018, EbonyLife announced a three-series scripted deal with Sony Pictures Television, followed by an agreement with another major US studio to develop an African science-fiction TV series.
Abudu was the first African to be honoured with the MIPTV Médailles d’Honneur.
In the meantime, President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, who turns 60 on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
The President’s congratulatory message is conveyed through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Buhari also extended felicitations to the family, friends and colleagues of Shehu, who has been serving as media aide since 2015.
“I salute you on the milestone. You deserve every good thing that can come your way. You stand in for me at very crucial times, and I congratulate you,” the president said, praying that God would give Shehu longer life in good health, and would continue to serve the country to the best of his ability.
Members of the State House Press Corps also felicitated with the presidential aide at a brief ceremony at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Speaking on behalf of the correspondents, the Chairman of the Corps, Malam Ubale Musa, congratulated Shehu and prayed for good health and more wisdom for the renowned journalist.