Kenya Duke and Gary Owen have been together for nearly two decades. Once nicknamed as the ‘Funniest Serviceman In America’, Owen is best known for his comedic stints. On the other hand, his wife Kenya Duke is known for her entrepreneurial successes and has enjoyed a lucrative career in business. But for all her achievements, Duke is rarely known for her success in the field of business. On the other hand, Owen has enjoyed a growth curve in his career. From a small-time comedian to enjoying his career as one of the best, Owen remains a darling in the eyes of the media. But despite all that, not much is talked about Owen’s wife, Kenya Duke. So, for this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Kenya Duke.
Kenya Duke was born on the 26th of July 1974 in Ohio, United States. Born and raised in Ohio, Duke grew up wanting to become an actor. She didn’t have to look far from her family for inspiration, given her father’s acting background. And while her mother worked as an accountant, she fully supported Duke’s dreams. When she enrolled in high school, Duke took up soccer and also started on the school’s drama club. During her early years, Duke traveled quite a lot with her father. She graduated from high school in 1992 and continued on with her Bachelor’s studies.
Much of Duke’s career has been intertwined with Owen. But despite leaning into the star’s fame, Duke has managed to make a distinct career for herself. She currently works as the owner and CEO of Premier Sports and Corporate Travel, which helps to organize tours and transport for sports teams.
Apart from her business aspirations, Duke has also enjoyed a bit of time in the entertainment industry. Her first work in the industry was as a producer for the TV special Gary Owen: Breakin’ Out the Park, which was released in 2008 and followed her husband, Gary Owen. She also played a part in launching the TV special documentary, DeRay Davis: Power Play, which was released in 2010. She is also credited for managing the traveling of Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I’m Smiling. She has also been credited a few times for her on-screen appearances, including a couple of appearances on The Gary Owen Show, and also in Steve Harvey show.
Kenya Duke is happily married to Gary Owen. The pair first met at a comedy club in 2001 and began dating soon after. Talking about the pair’s first meeting, Owen revealed that he was the one who got her number despite thinking he never had a shot.
“I was like, ‘Look, I know I’m supposed to wait three days, but you’re gonna meet a lot of dudes in three days. I’m just letting you know now I’m interested.’”
The risk paid off and the duo began dating and tied the knot in 2004 at a small wedding. The pair renewed their vows in 2006 and went on to have three children, Kennedy, Austin, and Emilio.
Given the pair’s interracial relationship, many think about how they make it work. But for Owen things couldn’t be more simple. Talking about the pair’s relationship, Owen once revealed that he was the first Caucasian man Duke had ever dated.
“That to me is a bigger honor than having a show on BET!. The fact that my game was so strong, that I was able to pull this beautiful black lady.”