Globetrotter: Kanya King

The founder and chief executive of the Mobo Organisation had a narrow escape after an explosives store blew up near her hotel in Lagos.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Where do you travel?

I go to the US every other year - normally to Los Angeles or New York. I recently went to Hong Kong for an entrepreneur event, but most of my travelling is between London and Glasgow, where the Mobo Awards were hosted last year and will be returning next year.

What do you do when you arrive?

In Los Angeles I'll see shows or attend music events. I might also have meetings with agents or labels, but I mainly see friends living out there. Back home, I'll often go to a pub or a music venue, although I'm teetotal so won't drink. I look at fresh talent and I'm impressed by the new music that's coming from every corner of the country.

How often is travelling for work?

Most of the time. I'm not good at taking holidays but I'm getting better. I recently went to Jamaica for a week and had an amazing time. I'm not good at relaxing. I'm so used to organising events, it makes a nice change when everything's done for you.

What music do you listen to on the way?

Everything from R&B to jazz and reggae. I recently saw Labrinth at his debut album launch and the production values were unbelievable. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

Most memorable trip?

I was visiting LA a few years ago, and I landed to a text message telling me that Michael Jackson had passed away. So the trip ended up being a very different experience and quite a surreal one.

Favourite airport?

Glasgow International Airport is good. When we host the Mobo Awards in the city, many people and VIP guests fly in. I love the engagement and the efficiency.

Worst travel experience?

I got caught up in the Lagos armoury explosion 10 years ago, when a large amount of military high explosives accidentally blew up at a storage facility. I was in a nearby hotel that started to move from the impact. We were ushered out and I saw many people were running over to the back fence. I followed and sliced a tendon in my finger when I climbed over it. We got to a hospital, where I was stitched up. I'll never forget that. I nearly lost a finger.

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