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Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 List 2018: A look at some of the most promising youths on the continent

Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 List 2018

Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 List 2018 – Nothing beats being distinguished from your peers and receiving recognition for your hard work and ingenuity. Young Africans are constantly pushing for glory and expanding the frontiers of business and technology. While some of them are literally “lighting up the African continent”, others are contributing the development of Africa through their music and business acumen. This crop of young innovators does deserve some accolades.

For the past 7 years, Forbes has consistently curated a list of some of the brightest and most promising young entrepreneurs on the African continent under the “30 under 30” categories.  This prestigious list of Africa’s young innovators and trendsetters was drawn from across various walks of life; from agriculture to fashion.

This year, over 650 nominations were received for the Africa’s 30 under 30 lists via email. However, after thorough vetting, 90 names were selected for the 2018 list spread across business, technology and creatives.

Read on to see the complete list of the young individuals whose creativity and devotion have been recognized by Forbes in the 2018 Africa’s “30 under 30” categories.


It goes without saying; it is no longer business as usual in Africa.  Africa’s 21st century gladiators are taking over the business arena like never before. Young Africans are expanding the business space, making millions of dollars for themselves while solving real life problems.

Below is a list of Africa’s “30 under 30” business gladiators in 2018:

Yannick Nzonde, 29, DRC
Co-founder ATI Groupe

Leroy Mwasaru, 20, Kenya
Founder, Greenpact

Ladipo Lawani, 29, Nigeria
Founder, L&L Foods

Emmanuel Ademola Ayilara, 29, Nigeria
Founder, LandWey Investment Limited

Mwiya Musokotwane, 28, Zambia
Founder, Thebe Investment Management

Nomvula Mhambi, 29, Zimbabwe
Founder, Disruptive Innovation

Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, 28, Nigeria
Founder, FalGates

Roger Boniface, 29, South Africa
Founder, EDISIM

Gilbert Eugene Peters, 29, Zimbabwe
Founder, Spidex Media

Sihle Ndlela, 28, South Africa
Co-founder, Majozi Bros Construction

Vera Shaba, 29, South Africa
Founder, Shaba and Rampling; Green Building Solutions

Thomas Duncan, 28, Namibia
Owner, Anticor

Wesley Beneke, 29, South Africa
Founder, WCB Construction

Anita Adetola Adetoye, 26, Nigeria
Founder, Anita Brows Beauty

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

Samuelle Dimairho, 27, Zimbabwe
Co-founder, Chengetedzai Depository Company

Joey Friedman, 26, South Africa
Founder, LA Group of Companies

Zuko Tisani, 25, South Africa
Founder, Legazy Technology Conferencing

Gisela van Houcke, 27, DRC
Founder, Zuri Luxury Hair&Beauty

Bidemi Zakariyau, 28, Nigeria
Founder, LSF|PR

Zareef Minty, 24, South Africa
Founder, ZRF Holdings

Fred Apaloo, 28, Ghana
Founder, Villa Grace

Kene Rapu, 28, Nigeria
Founder, Kene Rapu

Jack Mthembu, 27, South Africa
Founder, First One Adventures

Reabetswe Ngwane, 25, South Africa
Co-founder, KreamFields

Anelisa Mntuyedwa, 28, South Africa
Founder, Gilbert Civils

Gozie Coker, 29, Nigeria
Founder, Coker Creative

Alexander Knieps, 27, South Africa
Founder, Printulu

Adam Amoussou, 27, Benin
Founder, Amosconsult Group

Nataliey Bitature, 28, Uganda
Co-founder, Musana Carts



The African technology space has witnessed massive innovation and investment over the last 5 years. This technological revolution is being championed by Africa’s young minds that are drawing upon their training and ingenuity for solving Africa’s peculiar problems.

From renewable energy to waste management and e-commerce solutions, check out the list of top 30 African young minds changing the narrative and how they are opening up the continent to the world.

Rivo Mhiari, 23, South Africa
Founder, Rikatec

Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi, 27, Nigeria
Co-founder, SureGifts. Director, SureRemit

Isaya Yunge, 28, Tanzania
Founder, SomaApps Technologies Company Limited

Mahmood Oyewo, 26, Nigeria
Co-founder, RubiQube

Kevin Lubega, 28, Uganda
Founder, EzeeMoney

Berno Potgieter & Thatoyaona Marumo, 28, South Africa
Founders, Domestly

Leonida Mutuku, 29, Kenya
Founder, Intelipro

Chris Kwekowe, 25, & Emerald Kwekowe, 21, Nigeria
Founders, Slatecube

Phiwa Nkambule, 26, Swaziland
Co-founder, Riovic

Sunkanmi Ola, 22, Nigeria
Founder, Syracuse Digital

Perseus Mlambo, 29, Zambia
Founder, Zazu Africa Limited

Kola Olajide, 26, Nigeria
Co-founder, Bridge Labs

Nneile Nkholise, 29, South Africa
Founder, iMed Tech

Bamal Namata, 26, Cameroon
Founder, Maibeta

Riaz Moola, 26, South Africa
Founder, 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.


Africans are long known for their creativity and dynamism as far as the arts is concerned. This is evident in the various arts cultures across the continent. The modern day African leaders of arts and creativity are using their talents in music, acting and modeling to pass across their various messages.

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The 2018 Forbes Africa’s “30 under 30” list is as follows:

Thuso Mbedu, 26, South Africa.

Maria Borges, 25, Angola.

Herieth Paul, 22, Tanzania.

Eddy Kamuanga Illunga, 26, DRC.

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.

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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