Idris Elba, Mo Abudu announce partnership to advertise African storytelling

Hollywood actor Idris Elba and Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu on Thursday introduced a partnership aimed toward empowering and uplifting expertise from Africa and the diaspora.

The duo, in a press release, by their respective manufacturing firms, Inexperienced Door Footage and EbonyLife Media, mentioned the partnership goals to construct capability and foster genuine illustration in international movie and TV initiatives set for manufacturing.

The brand new partnership, they added, will present alternatives by a two-fold method: by capability constructing and large-scale international productions.

The hope is that new training and mentoring initiatives launched by the partnership will assist foster each the misplaced era and a brand new era of artistic professionals, showcasing their expertise and telling their tales to the world.

By their collaboration, Elba and Abudu goal to nurture a extra inclusive and numerous media panorama the place tales within the diaspora are given the identical consideration and respect as different cultures and communities.

They each name on trade leaders globally, the broader public sector, governments, and multilateral businesses, to assist them develop expertise globally and construct capability round Africa.


They goal to supply actions to assist and empower African expertise. By EbonyLife’s academy in Lagos, Nigeria (a mannequin replicated throughout the continent), the partnership will assist graduates from the programme.

Additionally they hope to create a brand new improvement slate of tales from Africa or set within the Diaspora as function movies and TV collection for the worldwide market. The event slate will give attention to bringing genuine, Afro-centric tales that resonate with worldwide audiences. These co-productions between Inexperienced Door Footage and EbonyLife Media will present rs and streamers and theatrical distribution globally.


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Idris Elba mentioned: “I’ve at all times been keen about utilizing my platform to make a constructive affect. By partnering with Mo, we goal to supply free, world-class trade training to the following era of storytellers and produce their genuine voices to the forefront. This partnership is a step in the direction of making a extra inclusive and numerous media panorama, one which represents the voices and experiences of Africa and its Diaspora around the globe.”

Ms Abudu, EbonyLife Media Founder, mentioned: “We consider that Africa has the expertise and the tales to captivate the world. It’s our mission to supply the perfect in trade training, mentorship, and manufacturing alternatives in order that our graduates can turn out to be helpful contributors to the worldwide media panorama. We plan to hit the bottom operating and discover the perfect that African and Black tales have to supply international audiences.”

Idris Elba


Idris Elba Headshot - Alex Piper
Idris Elba Headshot – (PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Piper)

Idris is an award-winning actor, producer, director, and musician regularly securing his place as probably the most versatile performers in Hollywood. In 2016, he turned the primary male actor to obtain twin SAG awards in a single night – Excellent Efficiency by a Male Actor in a Supporting Function and Excellent Efficiency in a TV Film or Miniseries.

Idris’ profession skyrocketed on the small display in among the U.Okay.’s top-rated reveals. Quickly after, Elba landed the function of Stringer Bell in HBO’s critically acclaimed collection THE WIRE, which garnered an NAACP Picture Award nomination. In 2010, Elba landed the title function on the BBC mini-series LUTHER, incomes him a Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and 4 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. The collection returned in 2019 for its fifth season.

Behind the digicam, Idris made his function movie directorial debut on the 2018 Sundance Movie Competition with YARDIE. In 2018, Elba was named Folks Journal’s Sexiest Man Alive. In July of the identical 12 months, Idris launched his report label, 7Wallace Music.

Inexperienced Door Footage was based by him to develop new and established expertise to champion inclusion, illustration, and numerous storytelling within the movie and TV trade.

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Film credit embody ‘Concrete Cowboy’ in collaboration with Neighborhood Movie Co., Tucker Tooley Leisure and Lee Daniels Leisure for Netflix and ‘A Diva’s Christmas Carol’ for VH1 starring Ashanti, Vivica A. Fox, Robin Givens, Eva Marcille and Mel B.

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Latest non-scripted tv reveals embody Idris Elba’s Struggle Faculty’, a four-part documentary collection co-produced with Workerbee for the BBC.


Mo Abudu

Mo Abudu (photographer credit Kelechi Amadi-Obi)
Mo Abudu (photographer credit score Kelechi Amadi-Obi)

Mo Abudu made her mark within the company world as a human sources government earlier than venturing into media together with her ground-breaking pan-African discuss present, Moments with Mo.

She went on to create EbonyLife TV, an leisure channel identified for high-quality drama collection, discuss and films, which was accessible in 54 African and Caribbean nations. Shifting into movie manufacturing, her EbonyLife Movies would create Nigeria’s highest-grossing movies, The Marriage ceremony Celebration and The Marriage ceremony Celebration 2, and a string of profitable titles that excited Nollywood followers.

READ ALSO: Mo Abudu set to make directorial debut with two brief movies

Mo is a member of the Academy of Movement Arts and Sciences, popularly generally known as ‘THE OSCARS’ within the PRODUCER membership class. In September 2022, she accepted an appointment from Harvard Enterprise Faculty as an Govt Fellow.

In 2022 she was named one of many Prime 20 Most Highly effective Ladies in International Leisure by The Hollywood Reporter.

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