THE United Kingdom Government has appointed entrepreneur, media mogul, and Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Group, Mo Abudu, as Creatives Champion for the upcoming UK-African Investment Summit scheduled to take place in April 2024 in London.
The appointment was announced by United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, James Cleverly, during the creative industries event at the Residence of the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos on Tuesday, August 1.
Cleverly is in Nigeria as part of his Africa tour to three countries that include Ghana and Zambia. He stated that the UK-African Investment Summit, a first-of-its-kind UK-Nigeria creatives side event aims to promote and project the creatives sector in Nigeria and other African countries and UK-African collaboration in this field.
Expressing her profound gratitude upon receiving this recognition from the UK government, Abudu said: “I am humbled and deeply honoured, as I accept the prestigious position as Creatives Champion for the UK-African Investment Summit 2024.
“This recognition fills my heart with immense joy and gratitude, knowing that our collective dedication to the creative industries has been acknowledged by the UK government.”
“There is much work to be done to move the creatives sector forward and there is no better time to start than now. I look forward to meeting with the various stakeholders in our sector across the continent, forging connections, and building bridges that will foster collaboration, innovation and transformative progress in the creatives domain,” she added
Abudu noted that the African creative economy holds immense potential for driving economic growth, fostering cultural diversity and empowering local communities across the continent.
“With its rich heritage, artistic traditions and diverse talent pool, Africa is poised to become a global powerhouse in creative industries such as music, film, fashion, literature, visual arts and design. The burgeoning tech and digital sectors also offer exciting opportunities for innovation and creative expression.
“With the right support, infrastructure and policies, the African creative economy can emerge as a catalyst for socio-economic development, contributing to both cultural enrichment and economic prosperity throughout the region,” she stated.
The upcoming UK-African Investment Summit will be hosted by the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, in London on April 23-24, 2024, and will bring together heads of state and government from 25 African countries alongside British and African business leaders.
The summit will serve as a bridge connecting nations, cultures and aspirations and aims to strengthen UK-African partnerships, create jobs and foster growth, support talent in sectors such as finance and technology and promote women entrepreneurs.