Against odds. Kanya King (CBE): Founder MOBO Awards.
Pioneer and Entrepreneur.
As a teen, Kanya lost the father, had a baby, dropped out of school but will end up being one of the most influential figures in British music history and over five university honorary doctorates and numerous national and international acclaimed recognitions, including Order of British Empire (CBE).
Kanya lost her dad at the age of 13 and at 16, she gave birth to her son, causing her to drop out of school.
In 1996, she launched the first MOBO Awards at London’s Connaught Rooms, was broadcast on Carlton Television.
In 1999, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and CBE in 2018.
She has also been awarded honorary fellowship of Goldsmiths College, University of London.
An honorary Doctorate of Business Administration at London Metropolitan University (2006) .
Doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University(2008).
Honoured patron of Music at the City of Westminster College.
“Contribution to Music Award” granted by the Ghana Black Star Network
Presented with the Ambassador Award at the 12th annual NatWest Everywoman Awards
Honorary Doctorate University of the Arts in recognition of commitment and success within the creative industries
Honorary Doctorate of Laws University of ExeterOutstanding Achievements in the field of entrepreneurship
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (IOEE)
Honorary Doctor of Music, SOAS University of London