We had the good fortune of connecting with Keturah King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keturah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I am incredibly passionate about Africa, Africans and Black people (particularly women and girls) within the diaspora. As a result of this, I endeavour to ensure that all I do centres the people and their projects, as opposed to me and my brand. I’m very sure of my place in the world – so I use my creativity and connections to assist those who mayn’t be as confident or secure. As the erstwhile host of CNN African Voices, I revamped the show and centred it on the young, cultural, trendsetters that were making an impact on the continent and further afield. Through my travels, I have realised that simply sharing stories of what someone has accomplished isn’t enough. Now, I need to inspire the next generation to believe that they can achieve anything to which they set their heart’s. When you know where you’ve come from – you know where you’re going – which makes your path a lot clearer…even when you’re simply walking in faith. Not easier, mind you, just clearer. Your ancestors guide you. Ergo, I am building an indigenous animation company to captivate, educate and inspire the hearts and minds of young, Black children worldwide. Furthermore, I am developing a show, masterclass & marketplace that aims to connect African businesswomen with women at the helm of industry within the Diaspora. As much as we are the same, we still have a lot to learn from each other. And who better than I to bridge that gap? I am also doing so literally, as the Creative Director of Prime Plan It www.PrimePlanIt.com – a luxury travel concierge company (of which, I am a founding partner) that curates one of a kind travel experiences (predominantly targeted towards Blacm millennials and HNWIs. We are focusing heavily on the continent with a view towards 2022. And I also sit on the board of Yuty Bazar – an AI driven, inclusive, beauty destination tailored towards BIPOC/women of colour – www.yutybazar.com
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a LAMDA trained thespian who has toured with the East African National Troupe & performed on London’s West End – acting is definitely my first passion. It keeps me young, wild, free and truly sets my soul on fire. That being said, it’s an art form that centres me. As I developed in my career – I realised my purpose on Earth is to give a voice to the voiceless. Mine is loud enough as it is. And that’s how I veered into journalism, producing & directing documentaries. The ability to tell someone’s story and have their eyes well up in appreciation when they watch it, is a feeling that no amount of money can buy. Once I have successfully fulfilled this mission – I’ll venture back into acting. But I can’t focus on me until I’ve elevated everyone around me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely adore the cuisine at 71 above in DTLA. The oysters are to die for! I’m a total beach baby, so you can always catch me by the water like the mermaid I am. My favourite beaches in LA are the secret coves in Malibu. I’m not much of a gym goer, but I do love activities. So, I’d always recommend at least one hike…Runyon for the photos and Escondido for the serenity and waterfalls. You can never go wrong with a relaxing day at Malibu Beach House and dinner at neighbouring Nobu. And even though I am the biggest carnivore known to man, the vegan cuisine at Gracias Madre is sooooooo divine, you’ll actually forget there’s no meat in it! As for drinks – anywhere they serve a beautiful vintage bottle of my favourite champagne or my new favourite tequila, Volcan de mi tierra, which is the first ever tequila expression from luxury brand LVMH…so you already know it’s something special! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe all of my success to my Godfather. He believed in me when no one else did. He saw the greatness in me before I was even able to recognise it in myself. He continuously (till this day) supports my every idea, whim, desire and ambition. Even if it’s simply with words of encouragement. I’ve had my fair share of fun and made some not so great decisions in my younger days – but I’ve always had my head screwed on. And when people only saw the Black Sheep of the family, or the “Party Girl”, he saw the Queen I was destined to become, took me under his wing and mentored me. To him, I am forever indebted. Coincidentally, we have the same initials!
Prince Bizenga @bizengabiz