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Is three the magical number? It is fitting that our bumper third issue falls over the festive season and New Year, the perfect time to host our launch party. Celebrate with us on Saturday 7 December at Arboretum, London’s first environmentally friendly private members club.
I am excited to see our Diversity Groups Directory grow, each issue. This month, our collective of entrepreneurs share editorial space with two important leaders of ‘blue ocean’ businesses. Percy Miller, aka Master P, leads the issue in First Word on page page 10, outlining his blueprint for success. Olivier Laouchez, Founder of multimedia brand Trace, headlines in our new business section on page 75. Both are great examples of how a minority owned business could leverage unique differences and talents to identify untapped market spaces. Perhaps they will inspire more mainstream organisations to mindfully use the power of diversity to grow new markets.
On page 25, we talk to Nana Offoriatta Ayim, author of The God Child, about her powerful debut book and why she thinks Ghana is making waves on the global front. This, the ‘Year of Return in Ghana’ sees the tourism authority expecting revenue to top $925 million, a 50 per cent increase from 2018. Ghana certainly has firmly placed itself on the map as a cultural hotspot.
With the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and World Expo in Dubai, next year promises to be a celebration of cultural diversity, which makes it an exciting time for The KOL Social team. We look forward to you being part of our future success in 2020.
Future Issue #3
Publishing Director Zena Tuitt
The KOL Social’s newly appointed Publishing Director Zena Tuitt has a long-standing passion for cultural diversity and inclusion in business and the creative industries. She started her career at The Voice Newspaper, followed by diversity and talent development roles at the likes of Channel 4 and Channel 5, later working in marketing and theatrical sales roles at Universal Video, Warner Bros. and Buena Vista. She has produced multiple projects including SoleSeekers film (2018) and the play J’Ouvert by Yasmin Joseph; and a number of events including World Afro Day (2017) and American Black Film Festival: London (2019). She joins us after a 14-year career at Ernst & Young in business development, marketing and management consulting. She sits down with iconic rap mogul and entrepreneur Master P on page 11.
Arts Editor Lisa Anderson
The KOL Social’s new Arts Editor Lisa Anderson is an independent curator, writer and art advisor, with a background in International Relations and Human Rights. In 2015 she developed @blackbritishart as a curatorial enquiry into the contemporary art practice of artists from the African Diaspora in the UK. She has curated and sold works of award-winning artists for firms like Latham and Watkins. She participated in the International Curators Forum ‘Outside the Frame Programme’ for emerging curators between 2017 and 2018. She is an advisory board member for Addis Fine Art and Uchenna Dance. In 2019 she founded Lisa Anderson Art Advisory. Read her interview with artist Michaela Yeardwood-Dan on page 44 lisaandersonartadvisory.com