DIARY: Client conflicts no obstacle as Kizzi assumes editor's chair at Society

It remains to be seen whether this will prove to be good or bad

news for the clients of publicity guru Kizzi Nkwocha. But the former

tabloid hack this week took over as editor of Society, the celebrity

lifestyle title that bills itself as the black Hello!



Nkwocha, whose PR coups have included the management of octuplet-mother

Mandy Allwood, was last year voted one of the top 100 most influential

black people in the UK. Recent work has been for former boxer Chris

Eubank and cricketer Wasim Akram.



Quicker than you can say conflict of interest, the 50,000-sale Society

said this week it had bagged his services, despite him continuing to run

PR consultancy PRHQ.



The title, which is aimed at wealthy black readers in the UK, the US,

Canada and Africa, has offices in London, Toronto and Nigeria. It covers

much the same ground as Nkwocha, whose clients have included

politicians, sport and soap stars, charities, TV networks, 'kiss and

tell girls' (he is ex-News of the World, don't forget), and the King of

Uganda.



'I'm honoured the publishers have entrusted me with their mag. It is

unusual for a PR man to be given a magazine to edit (and not without

reason, Diary interjects) but I'm confident I will make a unique

contribution to Society's success.'



Nkwocha remains defiant in the face of an obvious conflict, reminding

the world of his London Line Sky TV series two years ago on which he

shamelessly interviewed his own clients each week.



He insists his clients will get no special treatment due to his new

role.



'It's not about getting my clients exposure,' he stresses, 'but about

communicating wth readers of Society.' Good job too, since 'Mandy

Allwood invites you into her lovely home,' has a faintly dubious ring to

it.



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