Since launching the first Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in 1996, Kanya King has driven the organisation towards becoming one of the most important multicultural British brands, which now reaches more than 400 million viewers across 200 countries. She is also recognised as one of the most influential women in the UK. She has worked with numerous boards and committees focusing on the betterment of British youth, and she is patron of Music at the City of Westminster College. Because of the many varied demands on her time, she says her biggest challenge is to avoid getting sidetracked from her key mission. “Juggling multiple tasks can spread you thin and limit both your effectiveness and productivity,” she warns.
Lightbulb moment: “Success in life is about the right attitude and mindset, not about special talent, luck or education. That realisation has given me the drive to not give up what I believe in no matter how tough it may be.”