propels vision and Great vision propels Action”
Mo (Mosunmola) Abudu was born in September 1964 in Hammersmith
Hospital in London to Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Akintunde.
Mo Abudu’s family roots are in Ondo Town, in the South Western
part of Nigeria. She is the eldest of three sisters. Mo lost her
father at the age of 11.
Mo’s growing up years were mainly spent in the UK where she
worked her way through college attending the Ridgeway School,
Mid Kent College and West Kent College. She went on to receive
her Masters degree in Human Resources Development at the
University of Westminster in London.
Mo Abudu began her professional career in 1987 as a Recruitment
Consultant with the Atlas Recruitment Consultancy firm in the
UK. Within a few years she rose to the position of Branch
In 1990, Mo Abudu was headhunted by the Starform Group, a very
successful business information group in the UK to manage the
prestigious Corporate Credit Management Exhibition. Mo
successfully managed the exhibition from 1990 through 1992.
Additionally, she assumed responsibility for the research,
design and production of several conferences and seminars whilst
In 1993 Mo Abudu returned to Nigeria. On her arrival she was
once again headhunted, this time by Arthur Andersen. Her initial
assignment was as Head of Human Resources and Training for Esso
Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (Exxon).
By the year 2000, having successfully completed her
responsibilities to the ExxonMobil HR Transition and Merger
Team, Mo fully recognized Nigeria’s growing need for a trained
and highly motivated talent pool that would take Nigerian
businesses into the 21st century. Taking advantage of her
growing reputation as a HR specialist, Mo resigned from
ExxonMobil to start Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (Popularly
known as VLA).
Today VLA is rated as the fastest growing and the largest
indigenous HR & training management consultancy firm in Nigeria.
While involving herself in a number of business activities her
next really significant achievement was the conceptualization
and building of The Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park, situated along
the Lekki Expressway in Lagos, which was commissioned in August
Set on over 1 hectare of land, comprising of state of the art
training, conference and leisure facilities, The Protea Hotel,
Oakwood Park is the first new build hotel of its type ever in
Nigeria. Ever true to her purpose, Mo’s concept for the Protea
Hotel, Oakwood Park was to create a facility that would meet the
needs of professionals needing the serenity of a suburban
location featuring fully equipped and dedicated training and
conference facilities together with the comfort of executive
accommodation and leisure.
Today, the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park plays a significant role
in the development of Nigeria’s business community hosting an
array of business events, conferences, workshops and training
Despite her busy schedule, Mo has still found time to involve
herself in community self improvement efforts. Of significance
is her participation on the board of directors of Junior
Achievement Nigeria, a non-governmental organization promoting
business skills development amongst Nigerian youth. Here Mo sits
and plans with fellow board members that include the managing
directors of ChevronTexaco, Coca-cola International, ExxonMobil,
the Dangote group and others.
Another recent accomplishment which Mo is extremely proud of is
being appointed the editor of VLA Knowledge, a monthly people
management magazine that shares with its avid readers a variety
of news, articles, features, surveys, book reviews and a health
With all of the above activities and accomplishments Mo feels
ready to share her drive and her ultimate vision by taking on
her next challenge in her life, and that is to … Inspire Africa!
She is married and has two children; a daughter age 16 and a son
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