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
'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
'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