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Multi Award-Winning Artiste, Teriy Keys, to host Divas of Colour 2017

Teriy-Severo Kiiza professionally known as Teriy Keys, Esq. (aka Smurfie Syco) is a multi award-winning artiste, music executive, businessman and social investor. His clients range from Dizzee Rascal to Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation. Teriy Keys also serves as Global Brand Manager for Goldgenie, the world’s premiere brand in Entertainment and Luxury customisation of products in 24ct Gold, Platinum and/or embellishment of diamonds as seen on the BBC’s Dragon Den.

Born of African descent with his family roots stemming from Kampala, Uganda, he settled in Tottenham, North London with his mother and sister after seeking political asylum in the UK. With the sudden passing of his mother when he was just 7, Teriy and his sister were then taken in care by Haringey Social Services.


Growing up in Haringey, North London in the Tottenham/Wood Green area, Teriy faced all the challenges often reported in the British news – extreme gang culture and the economic disadvantages of these particular areas of London. Despite a rocky start he was able to make use of a strong support system which saw him turn his life around. He graduated from secondary school with 11 GCSE’s. He went further to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of East London and a Masters of Science – summa cum laude Birkbeck, University of London.

In 2014, Teriy Keys was awarded Freedom of the City of London by Her Majesty, The Queen and granted the use of the title Esquire, stylised ‘Teriy Keys, Esq.’ Recent recipients of this title include Dame Judi Dench, Annie Lennox and Morgan Freeman.

Awards and Accolades Won by Teriy Keys:
Team / DizzeeRascal – MOBO Awards: Best Male Act / Best Album [2008/2009] (Won)
Team / DizzeeRascal – NME Awards: Best Male [2009] (Won)
Team / DizzeeRascal – BRIT Awards: Best British Male [2010] (Won)
Team / DizzeeRascal – BET Awards: Best International Act [2010] (Won)
Team / DizzeeRascal – The Guardian: Music Power #No.28
SMURFIESYCO.COM CD – 23,000+ Sold (Physical) + 63 TOUR DATES(S) – ‘Tongue N’ Cheek Tour 12-14′
Music Week – ‘30 under 30’ – [2013] (Best of the Rest)
Award – Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award [2014] (Goldgenie)
AIM Start Up’s Award – £25,000.00 [2014]
Award – Haringey Outstanding Contribution Award [2014 /15]
Award – Haberdashers Award for Entrepreneurship [2015]
Grammy Award [2016] – Official Grammy Foundation Award for R.O.A.D. Academy & Training Centre
Music Week – ‘30 under 30’ – [2016] (Best of the Rest)
Speaker – House of Parliament for The Great Debate Tour 2016 Finale
Elected Member of Brit Awards Voting Academy

About Divas of Colour 2017
Divas of Colour is the largest gathering of world’s most influential women from around the globe. A special day to recognise, reward and discover the best of women’s contributions. The 4th annual event, to be held on 18th March 2017 at Kia Oval is set to be the largest yet. It is tagged ‘Slay in Health’ in honour of one of our biggest supporters and original partner, Dr Nkem Ezeilo, who passed away recently from breast cancer. This year, the event’s focus is on educating and raising awareness on gynaecological cancers with our chosen charity, Cysters – advocates on the issues of gynaecological well being and women’s health in general.

Influential women, celebrities and power players in the health industry and many other walks of life are expected to attend this year. Registrations for designers and exhibitors are now being accepted on the website – www.divasofcolour.com

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