Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Ghana Rising Hearts Kanya King…
King is the youngest girl of nine children (seven girls and two boys). Her father, Christian, was a labourer of Ghanaian descent, and her mother, Mary, was a nurse of Irish descent.
In her early days King attended South Kilburn High School in London, proceeding to study English and Drama at Goldsmiths College in South London. Her father died when she was aged just 13, and to help financially she managed various jobs from working in a bakery to running her own promotional company supplying people for market research.
King obtained a position with Carlton Television as a senior researcher where she was a founding member and part of the production team on the Chrystal Rose Show.
She began to develop the successful Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) awards show in January 1996, and ended up financing the first event by re-mortgaging her house. It was only when she obtained a television slot a few weeks before the event that she realised that it was all becoming real. The first MOBO Awards were held at the New Connaught Rooms in London. The 2008 MOBO Awards Show was broadcast live from Wembley Arena on BBC Three and repeated three days later on BBC One. The show was shown in 57 countries. The 14th international MOBO Awards Show was held in Glasgow's SECC on September 30 2009 with performances by N-Dubz, JLS and Kelly Rowland with David Guetta. A television audience of 300,000 watched the live broadcast on BBC Three.
King is a consultant to a number of Government initiatives for disadvantaged youth including the Home Office Task Force to reduce gun violence. She is a patron of the Horniman Museum, and founder member of Net Women, an influential body of high profile women in the media. [credit:www.en.wikipedia.org]
**To be honest –our kanya transcends fashion or style or whatever –for me. Alongside media guru -Oprah Winfrey, American Vogue editor –Anna Wintour, legal eagle -Margaret Casely-Hayford, Michelle Obama –the ‘First Lady’ of America and uber stylista - Genevieve Jones [and some of the other iconoclastic females on both my blogs] –I truly don’t care what they wear. They can all wear bin liners and I would continue to love, admire and be in awe of them. Inspirational, beautiful and strong –Kanya’s business sense continues to inspire me. But thankfully she is also a stylish woman. Just check out her style; that beautiful clear skin, her youthful hair, impeccable grooming, the ‘one off’ dresses and that smile –go Kanya….