Popular Nigerian movie producer and CEO of Ebony Life Group, Mo Abudu, has embarked on a new phase of her career by making a debut as a director.
The filmmaker said in a statement that she would be directing two short films this month and would oversee the whole filmmaking process for the very first time.
Mo Abudu described her debut as a director as the fulfilment of one of her cherished dreams, noting that since her first full-length feature, Fifty, in 2015, she has guided the storytelling process as an executive producer and visionary, but always sought experienced directors to helm each project.
Prior to her directorial debut, the moviemaker had, in 2017, applied to the London Film School and completed the course in directing, with the aim of improving her filmmaking skills.
Speaking on the new feat, Mo Abudu said, “I believe in learning and understanding any major assignment I undertake. Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I am beginning with baby steps.
“I have written two short films that I will be directing – Her Perfect Life and Iyawo Mi (My Wife), a predominantly Yoruba language film.
“Although these stories are fictional, they highlight the mental health challenges, hardly spoken about in Nigerian society, that many people deal with all over the world. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, income or social class, and they are on the increase.”
She added that for the new movie projects, she would be working with actors such as Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, Segun Arinze, Pearl Thusi, Joseph Benjamin, Omowunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka, Christian Paul, Mary Lazarus, Jude Chukwuka, among others.
“The movies are supported by The British High Commission and the French Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria. Sponsors of these projects include UBA Foundation, Wale Tinubu, Artsplit Limited, and Sporting Lagos.” The statement added.