Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton is the founder of BZB International, Inc.
Explain your title of Queen Mother of the Timber Nkwanta village of the Konko area in Ghana.
I have been instilled as a Queen Mother of a village of about 450 people. Generally, unless you are Ghanaian you cannot get this role, but I have a long standing relationship with the royal family. When the time comes for the matriarchal mother’s son to be named king, together they have to identify a “queen mother,” a person who will assist him in taking care of his kingdom. She literally gave me her village. I go to Ghana four to five times a year to assist and work on improvement of the village with the community.
How did you receive the nickname “Busy Bee?”
As a child, my grandma said I always had multiple projects going on. I used to multitask as a kid, and I started my first business when I was 10 selling lemonade.
What gave you the idea to focus your business in airports?
I love airports and the world of travel. I like experiencing what international airports have to offer. I was a secret shopper in the airport environment initially. I became a staple in the airport and an opportunity became available and I was picked for that opportunity, and I was ready for it.
What do you have planned in the future?
This graduation season, I’m working with high schools in the DMV region to pick a school where students are facing the most challenges and I’m going to dress the valedictorian and class president in Brooks Brother clothing. I also will bring students to the airports to see what goes on behind the scenes.