MINI MOGUL: Khai Bailey-Smith, aged 13
A BUDDING entrepreneur is using his creative talents to publish a magazine to educate his peers about the richness of black history.
Khai Bailey-Smith, a 13-year-old student from south London, has launched Useni – the first black history magazine for children in the UK.
He told The Voice: “I started Useni because I felt young people like myself were not learning a lot about black history. The only thing I was taught in school about black history was slavery.
“I wanted to show other young people there is so much more to our history. There are inventors, scientists, musicians, celebrities and even comic heroes of black origin.”
Useni, which means "tell me" and originates from Malawi, acts as an educational resource for those under the age of 16 to learn about African and Caribbean historical events, icons, achievements and origins.
“Originally I created 60 pages, but I had to cut it down to 30 which allowed me to print 270 copies”, said Khai.
“I’ve sold more than half of the publications for £1 each and I’ll be using the rest of the content I started with for the next issue.
“I choose the content by thinking about the events I knew a little about and then researched them to educate myself and other young people.”
The first issue features profiles of black icons, a quiz about black history and an interview with Reggae Reggae Sauce founder Levi Roots.
Although Khai has been working with a small team of five he plans to recruit more young people to help him along the way. In the future, Khai aims to organise events and workshops that discuss black history, where he can also sell his magazine.
He added: “I started off slow. I gradually grew, building my network of people who encouraged me. I have aspirations of becoming a journalist, so for this to work I have taken my first steps to achieving that goal.”