Forbes Africa has released its annual 30 under 30 list, marking its seventh edition of the list featuring Africans under the age of 30 who are innovative entrepreneurs, tech geeks, sports stars and influential creatives leading a pandemic-hit Africa.
Showcasing the continent’s talent pipeline, Forbes Africa has released its annual 30 Under 30 list, as a special June/July issue that’s out on shelves now.
The criteria employed this year was the most rigorous it has ever been. According to Forbes Africa , nominees needed to provide valid evidence of their endeavors. Background checks were done to ascertain their calibre, conduct and personal track-record.
With audit partner SNG Grant Thornton, the nominees’ company financials from losses to growth margins to overall revenue and profits since incorporation were accessed and vetted.
This year’s Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list marks a historic turn as many businesses and brands were adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The editorial team curating the list sifted through countless nominations looking for resourcefulness and resilience in candidates, so crucial at this time in rebuilding and contributing to the African growth story.
The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list for 2021(in no particular order):
- Cleo Johnson, a South African. She is the founder and director of NUECLEO.
- Timilehin Bello, a Nigerian. He is the CEO and founder of Media Panache.
- Lebohang Moeletsi Phadi, a South African, He is the CEO of Basadi Logistics.
- Sepenica Darko, a Ghanaian. She is the founder of FarmerTribe Company.
- Deborah Mutwemwa, a Zambian – South African. She is the founder and CEO Tsumbo Scott Incorporated.
- Bontle Tshole, a South African. She is the CEO and founder of BAAA Health.
- Brian Kakembo, an Ugandan, founder, and CEO of Weye Clean Energy Co. Ltd
- Hertzy Kabeya, DRC – South African. He is the founder and CEO of The Student Hub.
- Temidayo Oniosun, a Nigerian. He is the founder of Space in Africa
- Felix Byaruhanga, an Ugandan, founder of Skyline media and Management LTD
- Harrykrishna Niadassen Poonoosamy Padiachy, Mauritius, founder of NKH Energy
- Shakemore Timburwa, a Zimbabwean, He is the founder of Energy Plus.
- Mihlali Ndamase, a South African, she is a creative and digital influencer.
- Amarachi Nwosu, a Nigerian self-taught visual artist, storyteller, and CEO of Melanin Unscripted
- Divine Ikubor (also known as Rema). He is a Nigerian musician.
- Reinhard Mahalie, a Namibian fashion stylist and founder of RM Fashion Styling.
- Tendai Kevin Zhou, a Zimbabwean. He is the founder of VP Hostings.
- Kabelo Motha (also known as Kabza De Small) is South African producer and DJ.
- Kgaogelo Moagi (also known as Master KG) is a South African music artist and producer.
- Ifan Ifeanyi Michael, a Nigerian. He is a Creative artist and filmmaker
- Li-Chi Pan is a South African, an art director and digital influencer; founder of Li Chi Pan Studios.
- Hayze Engola, Malawi, musician, creative, and founder of KNQR Investments
- Wale Lawal, Nigerian. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Republic
- Tilka Paljk is a Zambian award winning swimmer.
- Lukhanyo Am, South African rugby player
- James Kang’aru MwangI, Kenyan. He is the founder and CEO of Epitome School of Chess.
- Julio “Beast” Bianchi, South Africa, e-gamer, FIFA Player
- Cheslin Kolbe, South African rugby player
- Thabo Moloi, South African. He is an e-gamer, FIFA Player
- Antonio Depina, Cape Verde, founder, Overseas Basketball Connection, Praia League
These young entrepreneurs have done really well in their field of industry, and sure deserve some accolades.