Jordan Kensington

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Jordan Kensington is a British entrepreneur, artist, actor, songwriter, television and radio presenter best known for the brand Invincible and as the founder of the Urban Music Awards, an awards show celebrating the achievement of hip hop, R&B, soul and jazz music artists in six countries annually. He is also the youngest British entrepreneur to have designed, created and developed a brand of smart phones and tablet PCs called Zuricom, which was launched officially by the Secretary of State for Business, MP Vince Cable, and sells in Europe, Africa and Asia.[1]

His business interests under the umbrella of Invincible Media Group include Urban Music Awards, a magazine, radio station, television production company, record label, celebrity management agency and a primary school and college. He has taken the roles of recording executive, actor, musician, executive producer of Sky TV's Britain's Next Urban Superstar, writer, radio presenter and presented one report for the BBC 1 local news strand Inside Out.[2] In 2007 Kensington was worth an estimated US $18 million.[3]

Early years[edit]

Jordan Kensington was born in Wandsworth, London, the son of Emmanuel Kensington and Agnes Makia. He grew up in St. Lucia and Cameroon, and moved back to London when his father died of kidney failure in 1995. Kensington attended South Thames College and later studied law at London South Bank University.

Establishing Invincible Media Group[edit]

After finishing university, Kensington sold his house and with support from the Prince's Trust went on to set Invincible Media Group in 1999.[4][5] The magazine reportedly saw a circulation of 65,000 copies distributed monthly in the UK giving exposure to several first time artist such as Dizzee Rascal, M.I.A, Joss Stone, Twista, Eminem and many more. In 2002 the company launched a radio station, production company and a celebrity management arm to further maximise the brand Invincible and 2003 saw the launch of the Urban Music Awards. The awards show spun off an events production arm to the company that led to the launch of British Music Week in 2005 and more recently the International Football Awards held in 2009. The Urban Music Awards returned bigger and better in 2009 by celebrating the 7th anniversary with a US version of the awards show on 17 July 2009 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, returning to London on 1 November for the British version of the show. The 2009 return was covered by major international press, including OK! magazine, the Daily Express and The Insider.[6][7][8] 2009 also saw the launch of the Best Asian Act category to celebrate artists and musicians of Asian origin, which was widely covered within the Asian media worldwide.[9][10]

Other ventures[edit]

In addition to his media business, Kensington owns a university and a college located in Cameroon and St. Lucia. The college which is part of the family business and founded by his mother is called Mother Teresa College, named after the legendary philanthropist Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The current college is in Cameroon, while the university founded by Jordan is called Mokingo University and focuses on Business and Media. Kensington's interest in education has meant that he is constantly being booked to speak and offer motivational seminars in universities, colleges and businesses.[11]

On 22 April 2007, Kensington inked a six-figure deal with leading shoe brand Kickers. The agreement saw a special Invincible shoe created, sold and endorsed by several celebrities.[12] As well as working on sponsorship and marketing for brands such as Timberland, Samsung Mobile, SonyBMG and Warner Music Kensington signed off a two-year deal with the world's biggest sports retailer Foot Locker in 2007.[13]

In 2006, Kensington was named Ambassador for the government-based campaign Make your Mark,[14] and was announced as an honorary VIP member of the BlackBerry VIP Entrepreneurs network. He came into controversy in 2005 when he criticised the Brit Awards for failing to recognise artists in Britain from different nationalities and his comments were featured on major networks including BBC 24 News.[15]

In 2007, Kensington gave a 30-minute interview with Jim Boulden of CNN[16] to celebrate the launch of his brand new USA-based newspaper in New York[17] and in 2008 he gave UK HipHop magazine a no-holds-barred interview about his life, dreams and beliefs.[18]

He is reported to have been behind the new, error-strewn free newspaper, London Weekly.[19] In 2011, Kensington announced the launch of brand-new energy drink, Power, which is set to be distributed and marketed exclusively to the African continent.

In 2012, after an extensive five-year investment and development in the PC manufacturing industry, Kensington launched the Zuricom Z3, Zuricom smart phone and tablet PC, selling more than 35,000 handsets in its first year of release. In 2013, Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, MP, alongside Kensington at the British Young Business Awards, announced the launch of Zuricom Z-Phone[20] and praised Kensington and Zuricom for being the first British company in the UK to pioneer the manufacturing of smart phones and tablet PCs.[1]

In 2013, Kensington was named Editor-in-Chief of Brand Weekly, an online magazine, TV and events platform that connects brands directly to consumers. The company launched by Invincible Media plays on its 14-year history of working with some of the leading brands in the UK, offering innovative features, interviews with key decision makers from brands and vox pops from consumers, who in turn provide direct feedback on new products and services on offer.[21]

2014 saw Jordan Kensington, write, produce, direct and star in British feature film The Newspaper.

2015 saw Kensington increase his investment in Africa with 5 million dollar investment into a new company for Africa. Mokingo, the business focused primarily on the continent of Africa and Asia includes an online shopping mall, a money transfer service, a postal and courier distribution service, real estate property, solar energy and an entertainment arm [22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • International Dance Awards 2001 (Best Artist, 2001)
  • Carlton TV's Multicultultural Award (Best Publisher 2003)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "British technology firm Zuricom announces launch of new dual SIM smartphone" Archived 18 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine., Press release, 19 August 2013. GoMo News, 21 August 2013.
  2. ^ Inside Out 18/04/08 (18 April 2008). "London – TV – Inside Out 18/04/08". BBC. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Chelseamonthly.com Archived 30 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ History of Invincible.
  5. ^ Harrison, Michael (13 October 2005). "Ethnic minorities lead capital's business boom". London: The Independent. 
  6. ^ "Rihanna leads 2009 Urban Music Awards", Express', 6 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Rihanna leads 2009 Urban Music Awards", OK!, 6 May 2009.
  8. ^ theinsider.com
  9. ^ Desi Hits.
  10. ^ "In Pictures: 'Arrivals for 2009 Urban Music Awards'", M&C, 20 July 2009.
  11. ^ "Giving London Kids a Head Start in Business". Chelseafc.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "Press Release: The Kickers Urban Music Awards Announces Nominees for 2007 – Entertainment – Invincible Media Group". NewswireToday. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  13. ^ Nikki Sandison. "Foot Locker backs Urban Music Awards – Brand Republic News". Brand Republic. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  14. ^ "Jordan Kensington". Make Your Mark. 31 March 2009. Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  15. ^ "Brits debate over 'urban' music". BBC News. 11 February 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  16. ^ "Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  17. ^ "The first free entertainment newspaper launches!, MMD Newswire, New York, 22 August 2007.
  18. ^ "Jordan Kensington". Britishhiphop.co.uk. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 
  19. ^ Busfield, Steve (8 February 2010). "Hoax claims as London Weekly launch is met with derision". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "Tech Review: The Z-Phone by Zuricom", Feeder Magazine, 15 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Self-Tanning brand continues partnership with TV awards", Brand Weekly.
  22. ^ "Group to invest N1.4bn in new African music platform called Mokingo". Nigeria Premium Times. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2009. 

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