Abudu’s takeaway? “Should you don’t take the duty to vary the narrative, if you go away your storytelling to another person, then you’ll be able to’t blame them,” she stated.
By 2013, “Moments” had made Abudu a family title in Nigeria. Seeing alternatives, Abudu went full Winfrey and began a Pan-African tv community: EbonyLife TV. In 2020, Abudu’s umbrella firm, EbonyLife Media, deserted its TV channel to deal with a mannequin primarily based on partnerships with among the world’s greatest streamers and studios.
In the present day, amongst what Abudu described as “over 30 offers,” many not but introduced, EbonyLife Media has contracts with Netflix, Sony Footage Tv, AMC and Westbrook Studios, the manufacturing firm based by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I’ve been knocking on these worldwide doorways from Day 1,” she stated, “however you recognize, individuals weren’t able to pay attention.”
At the beginning of EbonyLife TV, in 2013, the mission centered on life-style programming that showcased the booming, cosmopolitan continent of the twenty first century. However Abudu has been steadily flexing her muscle tissues and broadening her artistic palette.
“Fort & Fort,” which Abudu co-created and government produces, is a few Lagos regulation agency run by a husband and spouse, whose respective circumstances threaten to destroy their marriage. With that collection, Abudu wished to deal with authorized points that have been particular to Nigeria. In a single episode, for instance, “there’s a case round lesbianism,” she stated. “It’s truly nonetheless unlawful to be in a gay relationship in Nigeria.”