“Mo Abudu Inspires Me”–Ini Edo Congratulates Mo Abudu on Getting Featured In New York Times


Veteran Nigerian actress, Ini Edo revealed what inspires her in life and the thing that makes her tick as an industrious creative and businesswoman.

Reacting to a recent post on Instagram by Mo Abudu where she bragged about her latest achievement; an interview feature on New York Times with the headline “Mo Abudu isn’t waiting for permission”, Ini Edo said Mo Abudu is her source of inspiration and urged her to keep breaking boundaries.

“Awww Aunty mi .. you inspire me and so many of us ….and we love you munchos… keep breaking all the boundaries”

This comes a few days after Mo Abudu was dragged on social media by blogger, Gistlover for her alleged romantic relationship with Lagos governors and other top-notch Nigerian politicians.

Making the huge announcement in the wee hours of today, September 25, 2021, Mo Abudu on Instagram wrote “Hello beautiful people. Etan Smallman, who writes for the New York Times (@nytimes), reached out to me about a year ago, we had our first interview on a park bench in London. Etan has been working on this article for about a year now, tracking the EbonyLife Story. This tells you how long it takes them to fact check. My utmost thanks to @nytimes and to all those that were interviewed as part of this article. Amongst those interviewed are Ben Amadasun, Director, Content Africa at Netflix and Lola Shoneyin, writer and author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s wives. 

Incredible how God works, the article was published online yesterday, 23rd September 2021 and will be printed in the New York Times this Sunday. I cannot wait to see this in print. To all my New Yorker friends, please make sure you pick this up in print!

As part of this article, A few weeks ago, The New York Times sent their correspondent photographer in Lagos to take a few pictures of me at EbonyLife Place. Please scroll to see this and excerpts from the article

As you all know, it’s not within my power to tell @nytimes what to headline with, you do not even get to read the article before it goes to print based on the strict code of ethics practiced in journalism at such respected institutions.  But I must say that the headline is so apt and means so much to me right now.


Thank you New York Times for sharing my story, the story of the EbonyLife Group, the need and importance to tell African stories.”

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