Mo Abudu Appointed Creative Champion Ahead Of UK-African Investment Summit 2024

Appointed by the UK Foreign Secretary …

Renowned media mogul, entrepreneur and CEO of EbonyLife Group, Mo Abudu, has been appointed Creatives Champion for the upcoming UK-African Investment Summit scheduled to take place in April 2024 in the United Kingdom.

The announcement was made by the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, The Rt. Hon James Cleverly, during the Creative Industries event at the Residence of the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos on the 1st of August 2023.

The UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Rt Hon James Cleverly, is currently visiting Nigeria as part of his 3 country Africa tour that includes Ghana and Zambia.

As part of the UK-African Investment Summit, a first-of-its-kind UK-Nigeria creatives side event will be held in London, to promote and project the creatives sector in Nigeria and other African countries and UK-African collaboration in this field.

L-R, Rt. Hon James Cleverly and Mo Abudu

Expressing her profound gratitude upon receiving this recognition from the UK Government, Mo 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.

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.

The upcoming UK-African Investment Summit will be hosted by the UK Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon Rishi Sunak, in London on 23 to 24 April 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.

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