For the past seven years, Forbes Africa has selected 30 individuals under 30 to be included in their 30 under 30 special magazine issue. Although, according to Forbes Africa, the 30 under 30 2021 list is different from other years as this year, the members all have one thing in common — they have a new COVID-induced agenda for social change.
The list features groundbreaking young influential creatives, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and gifted sports stars. It marks the seventh edition of the Forbes Africa list featuring Africans under 30 who are innovative entrepreneurs, tech geeks, sports stars, and influential creatives leading a pandemic hit Africa.
“NEW EDITION ALERT ???? Members of this year’s list of under 30s have one thing in common: A New Covid-Induced Agenda for Social Change. Celebrating 7 years of the FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30, these achievers prove that now more than ever, they are crucial to the African growth story!” wrote Forbes Africa in the announcement post on Instagram.
In the past years, the list has featured creatives, celebrities, and entrepreneurs such as Mr. Eazi, Lloyd Harris, Siya Kolisi, Sho Madjozi, Bruce Diale, Karabo Poppy, Thuso Mbedu, Nomzamo Mbatha, Burna Boy, Nthabiseng Mosia, Davido, Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa, Nasty C and Wizkid.
This year, taking into consideration that many businesses and brands were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the editorial team curated the list after sifting through several nominations looking for resourcefulness and resilience in candidates, which are important in the current world to rebuild the continent and tell a continental growth story.
The judging panel includes Bella Naija’s Uche Pedro, Flutterwave founder Olugbenga Agboola, legendary actor Dr. John Kani, professional rugby player Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, and audit partner SNG Grant Thorton.
The cover stars for this special issue are entrepreneurs Shakemore Wellington Timburwa, Antonio Depina and Cleo Johnson, influencer Mihlali Ndamase and fashion stylist Reinhard Mahalie.
Meet the Class Of 2021 for Forbes Africa 30 under 30…
#1. Cleo Johnson, South Africa, founder, and director of NUECLEO
#2. Timilehin Bello, Nigeria, CEO, and founder of Media Panache
#3. Lebohang Moeletsi Phadi, South Africa, CEO of Basadi Logistics
#4. Sepenica Darko, Ghana, founder of FarmerTribe Company
#5. Deborah Mutwemwa, Zambia – South Africa, founder, and CEO Tsumbo Scott Incorporated
#6. Bontle Tshole, South Africa, CEO, and founder of BAAA Health
#7. Brian Kakembo, Uganda, founder and CEO of Weye Clean Energy Co. Ltd
#8. Hertzy Kabeya, DRC – South Africa, founder and CEO of The Student Hub
#9. Temidayo Oniosun, Nigeria, founder of Space in Africa
#10. Felix Byaruhanga, Uganda, founder of Skyline media and Management LTD
#11. Harrykrishna Niadassen Poonoosamy Padiachy, Mauritius, founder of NKH Energy
#12. Shakemore Timburwa, Zimbabwe, founder of Energy Plus
#13. Mihlali Ndamase, South Africa, creative and digital influencer
#14. Amarachi Nwosu, Nigerian self-taught visual artist, storyteller, and CEO of Melanin Unscripted
#15. Divine “Rema” Ikubor, Nigeria, musician
#16. Reinhard Mahalie, Namibia, fashion stylist and founder of RM Fashion Styling
#17. Tendai Kevin Zhou, Zimbabwe, founder of VIP Hostings
#18. Kabelo “Kabza De Small” Motha, South Africa producer and DJ
#19. Kgaogelo “Master KG” Moagi, South Africa, music artist and producer
#20. Ifan Ifeanyi Michael, Nigeria, Creative artist and filmmaker
#21. Li-Chi Pan, South Africa, art director and digital influencer; founder of Li Chi Pan Studios
#22. Hayze Engola, Malawi, musician, creative, and founder of KNQR Investments
#23. Wale Lawal, Nigeria, founder, and editor-in-chief of The Republic
#24. Tilka Paljk, Zambia, swimmer
#25. Lukhanyo Am, South Africa, rugby player
#26. James Kang’aru Mwangi, Kenya, founder and CEO of Epitome School of Chess
#27. Julio “Beast” Bianchi, South Africa, e-gamer, FIFA Player
#28. Cheslin Kolbe, South Africa, rugby player
#29. Thabo Moloi, South Africa, e-gamer, FIFA Player
#30. Antonio Depina, Cape Verde, founder, Overseas Basketball Connection, Praia League
Cover photo credit: Instagram – forbesafrica
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