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Meet Biola Alabi, Nigerian Woman Transforming Africa’s Film Industry

In 2018, she was named one of the Financial Times Top 100 Global Female Executives, Biola Alabi is transforming Africa’s film industry one production after another.

Biola Alabi wears many hats: managing partner of the Biola Alabi Media and Entertainment, founder of Grooming for Greatness, board member of various companies, media pioneer, and TV host.

She was named as one of 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine (2012), a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012) and CNBC Africa’s AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year (2013) and participated in the Yale World Fellows Flagship Program at Yale University in 2014.


Alabi’s journey started about 20 years ago, when she had bagged a job as a marketing executive, working closely with people who were producing TV commercials. Her job saw her spend time on set for some of the work she had been doing with clients in marketing. She eventually got a job with the company that produces Sesame Street – one of the most popular children shows around the world.

Her dedication to Africa and changing the narrative around the continent came earlier. In university, she strove to help people understand Africa and the African narrative better.

After six years at MNet, Alabi moved on to create her eponymous media production and consulting firm.

Among the first shows she was able to do at her company is the Bukas and Joints, a production that showcases Nigerian foods in and out of Nigeria.

That marked the beginning of Biola Alabi Media.

Other productions the company has worked on include Banana Island Ghost, an action-packed story of a man who is scared of going to heaven and asks God for three days to find his soulmate. He’s paired up with a young woman looking for money to save her father’s house from repossession in just three days.

Such contribution to the media scene on the continent and the dedication to working with young people, including young women, has made Alabi a much sought-after personality. It is the latter that saw her listed on the Financial Times top 100 female executives in the world.

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