Biola Alabi has been named a 2014 Yale World Fellow and joins 15 other World Fellows selected this year from thousands of applicants across the world. Until recently, Alabi was the Africa Managing Director of M-Net.
The 40-year-old, who is based in Lagos, is only the seventh Nigerian chosen for the prominent fellowship since the programme’s inception in 2002. Alibi will attend Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut, for five months, and 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.
Until January 2014, she served as M-Net’s Africa Managing Director for five years when the continent’s leading television content provider appointed her Director of Special Projects.
Alabi has spent the past five years increasing and enhancing M-Net’s African portfolio as Africa Managing Director and her achievements include 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.
In 2013, Alabi, a 2012 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was voted West African Businesswoman of the Year as well as being named one of 20 Young Power Women in Africa by Forbes magazine.
Alibi said: “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. Now, as I look forward to immersing myself in the Yale World Fellows programme, I must express my sincere appreciation to M-Net for the opportunities I have had to learn and to lead.’
She will pursue new career opportunities after her Yale fellowship.
Patricia van Rooyen, M-Net Sub-Saharan Africa CEO Patricia van Rooyen, commented that Alabi’s selection as a Yale World Fellow was well-deserved recognition of her talent, commitment and leadership.
“African film and television are much richer for her hard work and inspired, visionary thinking over the past five years. We wish her every success in what will certainly be a glittering career,’ concluded Van Rooyen.