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Forbes Africa 2019 #30Under30 list

The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 List features 120 of Africa’s brightest achievers under the age of 30 in four categories: business, technology, creatives and sport. The list celebrates pioneers who are building brands, creating jobs, innovating, leading, transforming and contributing to new industries and ultimately impacting positively on the continent.

This year is the fifth issue of the annual Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 List. The publication features 120 young and dynamic individuals across four sectors, namely business, technology, creatives and sport.

“Meet the class of 2019, a stellar collection of entrepreneurs and innovators rewriting rules and taking bold new risks to take Africa to the future,” the publication explains.

Jason Pau, chief of staff for billionaire Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba Group, told Forbes that the journey for young entrepreneurs, especially in Africa, is not always easy. Many start-ups fall by the wayside due to a lack of resources. In South Africa, it is estimated that the small enterprise failure rate is at almost 80% within the first three years.

The select few celebrated in this list represent those individuals who continue to persevere against the odds. It also serves as a reminder that it is possible. However, not only does the list look at the financial impact of each candidate but also their reputation, resilience and ability to be role models to other young Africans.

Sport is the newest category, opening up the list to the game changers and Africa’s next generation of leaders. Individuals in this category have “won awards, broken records, made social investments and pushed the boundaries by challenging the status quo on policies in sports,” the Forbes team stated, adding that “some of the challenges they still face include lack of resources, a gender pay gap and an immense pool of untapped talent not yet given a chance to be in the limelight.”

Below are the lists of #30Under30 individuals in each category:

Business Category 2019

  1. Bruce Diale, 29, South Africa – Founder and Managing Director: Brucol Global Development
  2. Terence Mathe, 29, Zimbabwe – Co-founder: Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) PBC
  3. Mariam Manack, 29, South Africa – Founder and Director: iTrain
  4. Khanyisile Madonko-Nderezina, 25, Zimbabwe – Co-founder and CEO: Sakhile Madonko Enterprises
  5. Isaac Mbatha, 28, South Africa – Founder and CEO: Sky Tents SA
  6. Sadaam Suleiman, 28, Kenya – Co-founder and Managing Director: DragonFly Limited
  7. Adeniyi Omotayo, 28, Nigeria – Founder and CEO: Betensured Group
  8. David Kyalo, 29, Kenya – Founder and CEO: Koncepts & Events Ltd
  9. Ogechukwu Anugo-Obah, 28, Nigeria – Founder and CEO: BodyLikeMilk
  10. Dorn Ndlovu, 26, South Africa – Founder and CEO: Entrepreneur Blueprint Africa
  11. Busi Mkhumbuzi Pooe, 24, South Africa – Co-founder and Chief Executive: Tshimong
  12. Sydney Sam, 26, Ghana – Founder and CEO: Workspace Global
  13. Shirlene Nafula, 27, Kenya – Founder and CEO: Crystal River Products
  14. Kgahlego Rasebotsa, 29, South Africa – Founder and Director: Interior Bubble
  15. Kimani Adam, 29, Kenya – Co-founder and CEO: Nature Expeditions Destination Management
  16. Ijeoma Balogun, 29, Nigeria – Founder and Managing Director: RedrickPR
  17. Bright Jaja, 29, Nigeria – Founder and CEO: iCreate Africa
  18. Jesse Carlton Happy Ndongo, 27, Cameroon – General Manager: Easy Group
  19. Henrich Akomolafe, 26, Nigeria – Co-founder and Managing Director: Akotex Nigeria Limited
  20. Lesego Mokae, 29, South Africa – Co-founder: Ditsogo Projects
  21. Oginni Tolulope, 29, Nigeria – Founder and CEO: Transfurd Limited
  22. Theo Baloyi, 29, South Africa – Founder and CEO: Bathu Swag
  23. Avthar Aniruth, 21, South Africa – Founder and Executive Producer: Audience Networks
  24. Barbara Okereke, 28, Nigeria – Cake Designer, Founder and Managing Director: Oven Secret Limited
  25. Jessica Anuna, 27, Nigeria – Founder and CEO: Klasha
  26. Charles Edosomwan, 29, Nigeria – Founder and Chief Strategist: TekSight Edge Limited
  27. Charmaine Mbatha, 29, South Africa – Co-founder: Millennial Business Administrators
  28. Shaney Vijendranath, 28, South Africa – Co-founder and CEO: Vimage Media
  29. Adetola Nola, 28, Nigeria – Founder and CEO: Veritasi Properties Limited
  30. Caleb Stephen David, 27, South Africa – Founder and CEO: Versatile Commodity Traders

Creatives Category 2019

  1. Karabo Poppy Moletsane, 27, South Africa – Creative Illustrator, Street Artist and Graphic Designer
  2. Rophnan Nuri, 29, Ethiopia – Electronic Dance Music Artist
  3. Henry Amponsah, 27, Ghana – Designer, Founder and CEO: 101 Clothing
  4. Austin Malema, 28, South Africa – Photographer and CEO: Pixel Kollective
  5. Harmony Katulondi, 29, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Presenter, Model, Actor and Voice Over Artist
  6. Kapasa Musonda, 29, Zambia – Fashion Designer
  7. Richard Akuson, 26, Nigeria – Founder and Editor: A Nasty Boy
  8. Menzi Mcunu, 22, South Africa – Founder: Afrocentric Gentlemvn
  9. Trevor Stuurman, 26, South Africa – Photographer and Creative Director
  10. Burna Boy, 28, Nigeria – Musician
  11. Kim Jayde, 28, Zimbabwe – TV Presenter, Model and MC
  12. Petite Noir, 28, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Singer, Songwriter and Producer
  13. Aisha Baker, 29, South Africa – Businesswoman, Influencer and Style Icon
  14. Karun, 24, Kenya – Musician
  15. Gilmore Moyo, 29, Zimbabwe – Creative Director, Fashion Facilitator, Former TV & Radio Host and Founder: Paper Bag Africa
  16. Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo, 29, South Africa – TV Host, Entrepreneur and Musician
  17. Hermann Kamte, 27, Cameroon – Architect, Founder and CEO: Hermann Kamte & Associates
  18. Helen Chukwu, 25, Nigeria – Fashion Designer, Founder and CEO: Helen Couture
  19. Luis Munana, 27, Namibia – Creative Director, Model, TV Host and Founder: Voigush Africa
  20. Upile Chisala, 24, Malawi – Author and Poet
  21. Joseph Awuah-Darko, 22, Ghana – Contemporary Artist
  22. Joe ‘Human’ Nawaya, 25, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Graphic Designer and Co-founder: Creative Mind Space
  23. Thando Thabethe, 29, South Africa – Actress, TV Presenter and Radio DJ
  24. Rich Fumani Mnisi, 27, South Africa- Fashion Designer
  25. Kevin Njue 27, Kenya – Producer, Director, Writer and CEO: Rocque Pictures
  26. Sho Madjozi, 27, South Africa – Musician
  27. Sarah Owusu, 28, Ghana – Artist and Painter
  28. Abisola Akintunde, 28, Nigeria – Founder and Creative Director: MakeupbyAshabee and Beelashes
  29. Yaa Bonsu, 28, Kenya – Fashion Stylist and Creative
  30. Paola Audrey Ndengue, 29, Cote d’Ivoire – Host and Producer and Co-founder: FASHIZBLACK

Technology Category 2019

  1. Nthabiseng Mosia, 28, Sierra Leone – Co-founder and CMO: Easy Solar
  2. Evans Akanno, 29, Nigeria – Founder and CEO: Cregital
  3. Michael Paul Mollel, 29, Tanzania – Co-founder and Executive Chairman: Jimz Technologies Co. Ltd
  4. Nureshka Viranna, 27, South Africa – Co-founder and Director: ShopLi
  5. Jacob Rugano, 29, Kenya – Co-founder and director: AfricarTrack International
  6. Fred Oyetayo, 25, Nigeria – Founder and CEO: Fresible
  7. Alpha Nury, 29, Senegal – Founder and CEO: Jamaa Funding
  8. Hansley Noruthun, 27, Mauritius – Founder: Mauritius Space and Science Foundation
  9. Schizzo Thomson, 29, Malawi – Founder and Managing Director: Sky Energy
  10. Vena Arielle Ahouansou, 25, Benin – Co-founder and CEO: KEA Medicals
  11. Damilola Olokesusi, 29, Nigeria – Co-founder and CEO: Shuttlers Logistics Company
  12. Diana Esther Wangari, 27, Kenya – Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer: Sagitarix
  13. Chinedu Azodoh, 29, Nigeria – Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer: Metro Africa Xpress (MAX)
  14. Shoriwa Shaun Benjamin, 29, Zimbabwe – Co-founder: Simba Solutions
  15. Karidas Tshintsholo, 24, and Matthew Piper, 25, South Africa – Founders: Khula App
  16. Courtney Bentley 29, South Africa – Co-founder and CEO: Vizibiliti Insight
  17. Josh Okpata, 27 and Tochukwu Mbanugo, 29, Nigeria – Founders: Eazyhire
  18. Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi, 28, Nigeria – Co-founder and Managing Director: eTrash2Cash
  19. Silas Adekunle, 26, Nigeria – CEO and Co-Founder: Reach Robotics
  20. Joshua Chibueze, 26, Somto Ifezue, 28, and Odunayo Eweniyi, 26, Nigeria – Founders: PiggyVest
  21. Uka Eje, 29, Nigeria – Co-founder and CEO: Thrive Agric
  22. Melissa Mwale, 29, Zimbabwe – Founder: Hive Incorporation, and Co-founder: CryptoGem
  23. Eric Muli, 27, Kenya – Founder and CEO: Odyssey Capital
  24. Eric Rutayisire, 28, Rwanda – Founder and CEO: Charis UAS
  25. Wissal Farsal, 27, and Khalid Machchate, 26, Morocco – Founders: K&W Technologies
  26. Tyrone Adams, 28, and Siyabonga Thomas Tiwana, 29, South Africa – Founders: Skywalk Innovations
  27. Chika Madubuko, 27, Nigeria – Co-founder and CEO: Greymate Care
  28. Dorcas Owinoh, 28, Kenya – Co-founder and Director: LakeHub
  29. Ndabenhle Ngulube, 28, Matthew Smith, 26, and Marnus van Heerden, 29, South Africa – Founders: Pineapple App

Sport Category 2019

  1. Clarence Munyai, 21, South Africa – Track and Field Athlete
  2. Jean Sseninde, 26, Uganda – Footballer and CEO
  3. Mohamed Salah, 27, Egypt – Footballer
  4. Wayde van Niekerk, 26, South Africa – Track and Field Athlete
  5. Chad le Clos, 27, South Africa – Swimmer
  6. Genzebe Dibaba, 28, Ethiopia – Track and Field Athlete
  7. Jacob Kiplimo, 18, Uganda – Track and field athlete
  8. Sara Ahmed, 21, Egypt – Weightlifter
  9. Luvo Manyonga, 28, South Africa – Track and Field Athlete
  10. Giana Lofty, 24, Egypt – Martial Arts practitioner
  11. Beatrice Chepkoech, 24, Kenya – Track and Field Athlete
  12. Patricia Apolot, 28, Uganda – Kickboxer
  13. Caster Semenya, 28, South Africa – Track and field athlete
  14. Emmanuel Korir, 24, Kenya – Track and Field Athlete
  15. Faith Kipyegon, 25, Kenya – Track and field athlete
  16. Francine Niyonsaba, 26, Burundi – Track and Field athlete
  17. Kagiso Rabada, 24, South Africa – Cricketer
  18. Ruhan van Rooyen, 24, South Africa – Paralympic Track and Field Athlete
  19. Sadio Mane, 27, Senegal – Footballer
  20. Sabrina Simader, 21, Kenya – Alpine skier
  21. Gerson Domingos,23, Angola – Basketballer
  22. Siya Kolisi, 28, South Africa – Rugby player
  23. Thembi Kgatlana, 23, South Africa – Footballer
  24. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29, Gabon – Footballer
  25. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 24, South Africa – Rugby player
  26. Percy Tau, 25, South Africa – Footballer
  27. Quinton de Kock, 26, South Africa – Cricketer
  28. Alex Iwobi, 23, Nigeria – Footballer
  29. Akani Simbine, 25, South Africa – Track and Field Athlete
  30. Margaret Nyairera Wambui, 23, Kenya – Track and Field Athlete

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