Mo Abudu started off her career in the UK as a Recruitment Consultant in 1997, quickly rising to the position of Branch Manager. She went on to work for the highly reputable Starform Group, successfully managing the prestigious Corporate Credit Management Exhibition for 3 successive years from 1990 to 1992. She proved to be a good manager with great multitasking skills while there, effectively and seamlessly handling diverse responsibilities – from research, to design, organization and production of various conferences and seminars.
Mo eventually moved back to Nigeria in 1993, armed with the skills and experiences she had gained as well as the successes she had recorded in such a short time in the UK. She was recruited by Arthur Andersen for Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (now ExxonMobil) to head up their Human Resources and Training unit. She served in this role until the turn of the century (year 2000), when she successfully executed her responsibilities as a member of the ExxonMobil HR Transition and Merger team in ensuring a smooth and seamless transition process.
Recognizing the growing need for a well trained and highly motivated work force to successfully take Nigerian businesses into the 21st century, Mo decided to take advantage of her established reputation as an HR specialist to establish a privately-owned specialist human resources development company known as Vic Lawrence & Associates Limited (popularly known as VLA). Resigning from ExxonMobil, she focused single-mindedly on steering VLA through various critical stages of development to become one of the most successful and fastest growing Nigerian-owned outsourcing and people management consultancy firms in Nigeria.
While running VLA as the Managing Director and engaged in other business activities, Mo recorded another landmark achievement with the successful commissioning of the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park in August of 2004. She conceptualized and initiated this innovative project which involved raising investment partners for the development of an executive training centre that also offers first rate residential and recreational facilities.
Located in the beautifully serene, yet busy, Lekki Peninsula axis of Lagos, the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park which is set on more than one hectare of land is an ultra-modern purpose-built training complex that offers its clientele state-of-the-art training and conference facilities. Today, the hotel regularly hosts corporate bodies and professionals