Co-produced content from this collaboration will be distributed on a global scale via streaming platforms and theatrical releases.
By Helena Olori
Nigerian entertainment magnate, Mo Abudu, is teaming up with British actor and producer, Idris Elba, on two major initiatives to increase the representation of African and Diaspora talent in global film and TV projects.
“Our first goal is to replicate the successful model of the EbonyLife Creative Academy across the continent. By doing so, we hope to provide top-tier education to African talent and empower them to succeed in the industry,” announced Abudu via Instagram.
“We aim to offer free, world-class industry education to the next generation of storytellers and bring their authentic voices to the forefront. This partnership is a step towards creating a more inclusive and diverse media landscape, one that represents the voices and experiences of Africa and its Diaspora around the world,” added Elba.
The duo’s team up will also see their production companies, EbonyLife Media and Green Door Pictures, work together to develop a new slate of feature films and TV series that originate from Africa or the Diaspora, created with global audiences in mind.
Abudu, named one of the Most Powerful Woman in Global Entertainment by Hollywood Reporter, has several existing initiatives including Aló, and EbonyLife Creative Academy, geared towards empowering up-and-coming creatives in Africa. The acclaimed Hollywood star, Elba recently announced plans to build a world class production studio in Ghana.
Both Abudu and Elba have been keen on sharing more diverse African stories with the world audience, and ensuring they are given equal respect as other cultures and communities. This collaboration reinstates their commitment to that cause.