MOBO Awards founder Kanya King kicks off day two at Confex

MOBO
Awards founder Kanya King’s inspiring tale from starting the
world-famous ceremony from a council flat bedroom and her plans to
expand the show into the film world kicked off day two of International
Confex.

King,
who spoke to a packed audience at Olympia London, revealed the show is
looking at forming a movie-themed version in response to a lot of UK
talent heading abroad.

She
also revealed the next MOBO Awards will be in October 2014, with the
venue set to be confirmed next month. The 2015 event will be in Glasgow.

In
an interview with Mash Media Managing Editor Scott Birch, King revealed
that she had several jobs in TV including The Crystal Rose Show but had
her first big break when working at Arsenal Football Club, when she
helped the chairman of London Weekend Television.

Quickly
securing an interview with her pitch, she was given six weeks in 1996
to put together her first show with no experience or contacts.

Following the show’s success, King was presented with an MBE in 1999 by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

“Success is about the relentless pursuit of your goals,” she said. “It’s about 85 per cent attitude and 15 per cent ability.”

The 2012 awards held in Liverpool helped generate £2m for the local economy.

Other highlights at Confex today include a debate led by Olympia London on the future of UK exhibition venues.

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