Sarkodie, others in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list

Ghanaian musician Sarkodie has been named in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for the creative arts sector in Africa.

The fourth edition of Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list was compiled across different industries including music, art, media, film and fashion.

Ghana’s West African counterpart Nigeria, however, had nine personalities named in the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list including Wizkid, Davido, Yemi Alade, Falz.

Ghana had four individuals featured in this year’s list. One person from the Business Industry, two people from the Technology Industry and another from the Creative Industry.

“The 2018 FORBES AFRICA Under 30 is our authentic and most definitive list of Africa’s most promising young change-makers. This year is our fourth edition of the list and for the first time, inspired by the growing number of young men and women entrepreneurs, we have expanded it to bring you 30 game-changers, all under the age of 30, in each the three sectors – business, technology and creative. The 90 in total are challenging conventions and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, creatives and tech gurus.

“We put in months of rigorous research, sifting through over 600 nominations, vetting them for weeks, verifying and investigating them. We favored entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, revenue, location, potential, struggles, social impact and resilience. A panel of judges then debated the final 90. You may not know many of their names now and they may not be richest people in Africa, but they could be the billionaires of tomorrow gracing our future covers. This compilation is exciting, inspiring and offers a sneak peek into Africa’s future. Meet the class of 2018. The list is in no particular order,” Forbes Africa explained.

Every year, Forbes goes in search of some of the brightest young entrepreneurs to be featured in its 30 Under 30 list across the world.

Forbes Africa, in its 2018 list, and for the first time, had over 90 young individuals in the continent across three industries – Business, Technology and Creative – in the list.


See full list below:


Yannick Nzonde, 29, DRCCo-founder ATI Groupe

Leroy Mwasaru, 20, KenyaFounder, Greenpact

Ladipo Lawani, 29, NigeriaFounder, L&L Foods

Emmanuel Ademola Ayilara, 29, NigeriaFounder, LanaWey Investment Limited

Mwiya Musokotwane, 28, ZambiaFounder, Thebe Investment Management

Nomvula Mhambi, 29, ZimbabweFounder, Disruptive Innovation

Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, 28, NigeriaFounder, FalGates

Roger Boniface, 29, South AfricaFounder, EDISIM

Gilbert Eugene Peters, 29, ZimbabweFounder, Spidex Media

Sihle Ndlela, 28, South AfricaCo-founder, Majozi Bros Construction

Vera Shaba, 29, South AfricaFounder, Shaba and Rampling; Green Building Solutions

Thomas Duncan, 28, NamibaOwner, Anticor

Wesley Beneke, 29, South AfricaFounder, WCB Construction

Anita Adetola Adetoye, 26, NigeriaFounder, Anita Brows Beauty

Akinwande Durojaye, 28, NigeriaFounder, JustBrandIt; FixMyRide. Co-founder, FueledUp; LashBells

Samuelle Dimairho, 27, ZimbabweCo-founder, Chengetedzai Depository Company

Joey Friedman, 26, South AfricaFounder, LA Group of Companies

Zuko Tisani, 25, South AfricaFounder, Legazy Technology Conferencing

Gisela van Houcke, 27, DRCFounder, Zuri Luxury Hair&Beauty

Bidemi Zakariyau, 28, NigeriaFounder, LSF|PR

Zareef Minty, 24, South AfricaFounder, ZRF Holdings

Fred Apaloo, 28, GhanaFounder, Villa Grace

Kene Rapu, 28, NigeriaFounder, Kene Rapu

Jack Mthembu, 27, South AfricaFounder, First One Adventures

Reabetswe Ngwane, 25, South AfricaCo-founder, KreamFields

Anelisa Mntuyedwa, 28, South AfricaFounder, Gilbert Civils

Gozie Coker, 29, NigeriaFounder, Coker Creative

Alexander Knieps, 27, South AfricaFounder, Printulu

Adam Amoussou, 27, BeninFounder, Amosconsult Group

Nataliey Bitature, 28, UgandaCo-founder, Musana Carts

Rivo Mhiari, 23, South AfricaFounder, Rikatec

Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi, 27, NigeriaCo-founder, SureGifts. Director, SureRemit

Isaya Yunge, 28, TanzaniaFounder, SomaApps Technologies Company Limited

Mahmood Oyewo, 26, NigeriaCo-founder, RubiQube

Kevin Lubega, 28, UgandaFounder, EzeeMoney

Berno Potgieter & Thatoyaona Marumo, 28, South AfricaFounders, Domestly

Leonida Mutuku, 29, KenyaFounder, Intelipro

Chris Kwekowe, 25, & Emerald Kwekowe, 21, NigeriaFounders, Slatecube

Phiwa Nkambule, 26, SwazilandCo-founder, Riovic

Sunkanmi Ola, 22, NigeriaFounder, Syracuse Digital

Perseus Mlambo, 29, ZambiaFounder, Zazu Africa Limited

Kola Olajide, 26, NigeriaCo-founder, Bridge Labs

Nneile Nkholise, 29, South AfricaFounder, iMed Tech

Bamal Namata, 26, CameroonFounder, Maibeta

Riaz Moola, 26, South AfricaFounder, HyperionDev

Leonard Stiegeler, 29, Nigeria.Co-founder, Zanda, Jumia & Director Ringer Africa AG.

Kofi Genfi & Nii Osae Osae Dade, 24, Ghana.Founders, CYST Company Limited.

Juan Pienaar, 27, South Africa.Founder, Apex Media.

Timothy Adeleye, 29, Nigeria.Founder, Optiweb Communications.

Maya Horgan Famodu, 27, Nigeria.Founder, Ingressive.

Abraham Omani Quaye, 28, Ghana.Founder, Farmart.

Melvyn Lubega, 28, South Africa.Founder, GO1.

Huston Malande, 28, Kenya.Founder, Skyline Design.

Cukia Kimani, 26 & Ben Myres, 25, South Africa.Founders, Nyamakop.

Ink Eze, 28, Nigeria. (YAY!! BN Alum!)Founder, AsoEbiBella.

June Syowia, 23, Kenya.Founder, Beiless Group.

Obinna Okwodu, 27, Nigeria.Founder, Fibre.

Abdellah Mallek, 28, Algeria.Co-founder, Sylabs.

Yasmine El Baggari, 25, Morocco.Founder, Voyaj.

Simba Mubvuma, 26, Zimbabwe.Co-founder, Lexware Inc.

Thuso Mbedu, 26, South Africa.Actress.

Maria Borges, 25, Angola.Supermodel.

Herieth Paul, 22, Tanzania.Supermodel.

Eddy Kamuanga Illunga, 26, DRC.Painter.

Cassper Nyovest, 27, South Africa.Rapper & Entrepreneur.

Stacey Gillian Abe, 27, Uganda.Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist.

Yemi Alade, 29, Nigeria.Singer & Songwriter.

Falz, 27, Nigeria.Rapper & Actor.

Orapeleng Moodutle, 29, South Africa.Fashion Designer.

Nomzamo Mbatha, 27, South Africa.Actress.

Kwesta, 29, South Africa.Rapper & Entrepreneur.

Davido, 25, Nigeria.Singer & Songwriter.

Safia Elhillo, 27, Sudan.Author & Poet.

Joyce Jacob, 28, Nigeria.Founder: Joyce Jacob Beauty.

Shekhinah, 23, South Africa.Singer & Songwriter.

Adebayo Oke-Lawal, 28, Nigeria.Fashion Designer. Founder: Orange Culture.

Wizkid, 27, Nigeria.Singer & Songwriter.

Koleka Putuma, 25, South Africa.Poet & Author.

Nasty C, 21, South Africa.Rapper & Producer.

Beverly Naya, 29, Nigeria.Actress & Entrepreneur.

Simphiwe, 27, South Africa.Visual Artist.

Rina Chunga-Kutama, 29, South Africa.Fashion Designer.

Kemiyondo Coutinho, 28, Uganda.Playwright, Actress, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur.

Sarkodie, 29, Ghana.Rapper & Entrepreneur.

Mapeseka Koetie-Nyokong, 29, South Africa.Actress & Entrepreneur.

Sonia Irabor, 28, Nigeria.Writer, Filmmaker & Actress.

Tony Gum, 22, South Africa.Visual Artist.

ANATII, 25, South Africa.Producer, Writer, Director & Artiste.

Sasha Pieterse, 22, South Africa.Actress & Singer/Songwriter.

Tania Omotayo, 26, Nigeria.Model & Entrepreneur.


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