Mo Abudu makes his directorial debut with two films

Media entrepreneur and EbonyLife Group CEO Mo Abudu is set to direct two short films. Although her company has served as executive director for some films, she said this will be the first time she’s been in charge of the entire filmmaking process.

Recall that Abudu attended the London Film School in 2017, where she took a directing course.

In a statement sent to Saturday Rhythms, Abudu said, “I believe in learning and understanding in any major assignment I undertake. Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I start with small steps. I wrote two short films that I will direct: “Her Perfect Life” and “Iyawo Mi (My Wife)”. The latter is a predominantly Yoruba language film.

“Although the stories are fictional, they shine a light on mental health issues, which are barely talked about in Nigeria, but which many people face around the world. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, income or social class, and they are on the rise.

“Her Perfect Life” is about a woman who seems to have the perfect life – a thriving career, a growing business, a loving husband and two beautiful children – but who contemplates suicide. It stars actors such as Pearl Thusi, Joseph Benjamin, Omawunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka and Mary Lazarus.

On the other hand, “Iyawo Mi (My Wife)” is about a man who returns home one night and finds a horror awaiting him. His wife, Eniola, seems to have gone mad; hallucinating, screaming at their children and neighbors and threatening to kill everyone. He then takes matters into his own hands, with tragic consequences. It includes Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, Segun Arinze and Jude Chukwuka.

The projects are supported by the British High Commission and the French Embassy in Lagos, while sponsors include the UBA Foundation, Wale Tinubu, Artsplit Limited and Sporting Lagos.