Two Zambians made it on Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30 List

The list highlights some of the continent's most talented young people in the areas of technology, business, and creativity.

Forbes Africa has released its fourth edition of the 30 under 30 list, and some of the continent's most accomplished young artists, entrepreneurs and tech stars made the cut.

“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 of 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.​”

The publication describes this year's list as its most comprehensive yet.

Honorees include a range of youth in business such as Mwiya Musokotwane founder of Thebe Investment Management, and Perseus Mlambo founder of Zazu Africa, a Zambian fintech startup, featured on the technology category.

Other honorees include young creatives like Nigerian afrobeats stars Davido, Whizkid, South African rappers Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C, Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie and many more.

The list also include a number of burgeoning stars, Yannick Nzonde of the DRC who is the co-founder of management consulting agency ATI Groupe, Uganda's Kelvin Lubega the founder of EzeeMoney, and June Syowia of Kenya, founder of Beiless Group, just to name a few.

The list is in no particular order. Check out the full list of 2018 honorees below:


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


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, Namiba 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 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

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.

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