Lagos - Biola Alabi, Director of Special Projects of M-Net, has been named a 2014 Yale World Fellow. She joins 15 other World Fellows selected this year from thousands of applicants across the world.
The Lagos-based 40-year-old is only the seventh Nigerian selected for the prestigious fellowship since the programme’s inception in 2002.
Alabi will take part in specially-designed seminars in leadership, management and global affairs; receive individualised professional development training; attend courses and engage in discussion with a wide range of distinguished guest speakers at Yale's campus in New Haven for five months.
Alabi served as M-Net’s Africa Managing Director for five years until January 2014 when she was appointed Director of Special Projects.
As Africa Managing Director, Alabi spent the past five years increasing and enhancing M-Net’s African portfolio, her achievements including the launch of Africa Magic Hausa, Yoruba and Swahili and the expansion of the Africa Magic brand to eight channels. She also oversaw four editions of the popular reality series Big Brother Africa as well as the Face of Africa Finale fashion and modelling extravaganza held in Nigeria in 2010.
Alabi was voted West African Businesswoman of the Year at the 2012 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, last year, as well as being named one of 20 Young Power Women in Africa by Forbes magazine.
“Spending five years at the forefront of the flourishing African film and television industry with a business as dynamic and visionary as M-Net has been an incredible experience,” Alabi said. “
She said she is looking forward to immersing herself in the Yale World Fellows programme.
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