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By Oluwatobi Opusunju

In commemoration of International Women’s Day celebration today, 8th of March, Variety has named Nollywood screen diva, Omotola Jalade and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo’ Abudu in its just released ‘International Women’s Impact Report 2018’.

Omotola Mo abudu

According to Variety, the report is the first is to shine the light on women across the globe “leading the way at a time when the entertainment business has become increasingly global and women’s rights are in the spotlight.”

“These women shared their goals and hopes for the future of their companies — and the industry overall.”

Other great women leading the way in Showbiz mentioned on the list are Lupita Nyong’o, Adele, Salma Hayek, Gal Gadot and more.

Check below Variety’s profile on Omotola and Abudu:

Mo Abudu

Nigeria, Founder, EbonyLife

Abudu used her star-making springboard as the face of daytime talkie “Moments With Mo” to launch the EbonyLife empire, with a film production unit and upscale lifestyle TV network; she’s been dubbed the Oprah of Africa. “As a woman in a male-dominated industry, I’ve had to be strong, focused and relentless — and work twice as hard as the men around me,” she says. Determined to push for gender parity in the Nigerian biz, she estimates that nearly 80% of “key positions” at EbonyLife are filled by women. This year she’ll unveil a mentoring scheme to support the next generation of young women in film and broadcasting.

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde,

Nigeria, Actress

With more than 300 acting credits to her name, Ekeinde is an icon of Nigeria’s prolific Nollywood film biz, although she says that, “at heart, I think I am an activist first.” An ambassador for the U.N.’s World Food Program and campaigner for Amnesty Intl., she’s used her big-screen platform to drive her humanitarian goals. Her next step is developing a film village in the former slave port of Badagry, where she wants young Nigerians to hone their filmmaking skills while learning about “our rights and future as Africans,” she says. “I continue to explore ways we truly can be liberated and prosperous.”

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