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By Tunde Adediran

The fourth edition of the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list has been released and it features some of Africa’s brightest young stars, creatives, entrepreneurs and tech stars under 30.

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Forbes describes this year’s list as its most comprehensive yet, stating:

“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.”

Other musicians across Africa that made the list are Sarkodie, Nasty C, and Cassper Nyovest.

See the full list below:


Thuso Mbedu, 26, South Africa. Actress

Maria Borges, 25, Angola. Supermodel

Herieth Paul, 22, Tanzania. Supermodel

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, 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 Modutle, 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


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, LanaWey 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


Rivo Mhairi, 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

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. 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

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