Biola Alabi, an African media expert who until recently served as the Managing Director of Electronic Media (MNET), has been named a 2014 Yale World Fellow. Alabi, who is now Mnet, Managing Director: Special Projects joins 15 other WorldFellows selected this year from thousands of applicants.
“Like prior cohorts, the 2014 Yale World Fellows are dynamic, high impact practitioners committed to effecting positive change. Alabi fits that moldperfectly and will bring immense talent and vision to the group,” said Yale WorldFellows Director Michael Cappello, professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. “Through the Fellowship, Yale will provide global leaders like Alabi with the valuable opportunity to take a step back from the intensity of their work and to develop a strategic vision for their personal and professional trajectories and continued impact on the world.”
As Managing Director for MNET, Alabi worked tirelessly to produce and air stories created by and about Africa and Africans. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, she has spent the past five years increasing M-Net’s African portfolio, including overseeing the launch of AfricaMagic Hausa, Yoruba and Swahili: television channels that have made considerable contributions to the promotion ofindigenous languages and cultures in Africa. She also oversaw four editions of the popular reality series Big Brother Africa, as well as the glittering Face of Africa Finale held in Lagos in 2010. In addition, she spear-headed the ambitious multi-channel expansion of the hugely popular AfricaMagic brand into an impressive eight channel line-up. Passionate about African film and television, she worked to launch the inaugural AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards, a successful initiative, which is now in its second year.
A 2012 World Economic Forum Young Global leader, Alabi has racked up a slew of awards for her progressive and inspiring African vision, including a prestigious 2013 AABLA win as West African Business Woman of the Year. She was also named one of the 20 Youngest Power Woman in Africa by Forbes in 2013. She previously worked with leading brands Sesame Street, Bigwords.com and Daewoo Motors.
Alabi joins an Italian robotics engineer/hacker, an award-winning Indian actress and director, a Syrian peace activist and 12 other multitalented, global leaders as 2014 Yale World Fellows. This year’s cohort brings the total number of WorldFellows since the program’s inception in 2002 to 257, representing 83 countries.
“It is a privilege to welcome these impressive leaders to campus,” said Yale President Peter Salovey. “Each year, World Fellows enrich the educational experience of Yale students through their participation in classes, presentations on campus, and individual mentoring. With their experiences on the ground, they also provide valuable context and practical perspectives that inform the scholarly pursuits of Yale faculty seeking to address today’s most pressing global challenges. This innovative program continues to represent the very best of Yale’s efforts to educate and inspire future leaders.”