|WANGI MBA-UZOUKWU & BIOLA ALABI|
That the very gorgeous fashionista & hardworking former MD of MNET Africa, 'Biola Alabi resigned as the boss as the boss at the brand must have sent shock waves down the spine of those in the entertainment industry and all others. Many were wondering about what could have happened that necessitated the abrupt resignation. We here at MM were one of those that had wondered aloud about what could have happened just a few days to the AMVCA.
According to our findings from an inside source, the resignation has been in the offing since late last year. The lady who had joined the company since 2008 had by 2013 finished her tenure in the company, so had wanted to bow out while the ovation is loudest. But she had been prevailed on to remain for a bit longer to conclude some of the projects she had taken on but were not yet completed.
According to our inside source, a couple of changes have happened in brand as of recent. The MNET Africa operation has now been split into 2, West Africa & East Africa. The West African operation which Nigeria is under would now be overseen by Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, while the East Africa operation would be overseen by a yet to be named person.
Wangi had joined the brand sometime in late 2012 as the first ever regional director, West Africa for MNET. Before taking up the position at Mnet Africa, Mrs. Mba-Uzoukwu had worked with such organizations as Coca Cola & Airtel Nigeria, where she was said to have performed meritoriously.
Mrs. Biola Alabi who during her nearly 6 years reign in charge and had turned the company totally around, we hear though has resigned as the brand's MD, would still be engaged to the brand now as a consultant on special projects, the likes of the hugely successful Amstel Malta sponsored AMVCA, the Big Brother Africa franchise etc.
It was during Biola Alabi's stint as the MD MnetAfrica, that AfricaMagic was totally revitalized, repackaged, reshaped and expanded. It grew to become 8 channels,Yoruba, Hausa,Ibo etc & also became a 24 hours channel. It was also during her time that the likes of Africa Entertainment etc came on board.
That she did well as the MD of MnetAfrica is an understatement, she's left a massive mark that who so ever would take over from her or as taken over from her would find very daunting to outperform.
Here is the official press statement from MNET about Biola Alabi's new designation-
M-Net wishes to confirm the strategic evolution of M-Net Africa MD Biola Alabi's role with the pan African broadcaster. Having served in this role at M-Net Africa for five highly successful years during which time she brought her well-honed business perspective and creative insights to one of Africa's biggest entertainment companies, she has taken on a new strategic role with the organization, that of Managing Director: Special Projects. In this capacity her portfolio now focuses primarily on the broadcaster’s flagship productions including but not limited to the AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards, the popular reality super series Big Brother Africa and several exciting new initiatives. Meanwhile, reflecting the broadcaster’s rapid growth in the market, M-Net has named Mrs Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu as its first Regional Director, West Africa.