Every year, Forbes Magazine releases it’s 30 Under 30 list that features trailblazers that cut across all industries spanning from the United States of America down to Africa.
This year like last, the list highlights young African revolutionaries and risk takers who are changing the world in the areas of media, art & style, food & drink, education, science, music, sports, healthcare and a number of other industries.
After nearly a decade, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list has become the most trusted index identifying the next generation of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and game-changers throughout the world.
The list of Africans who are doing extraordinary things in the world goes on, but here are some of them who made it to the list
20-year-old Nigerian born fashion designer Taofeek Abijako, the creator of the menswear brand Head of State+, as well as 28-year-old Nigerian artist Kayode Ojo.
Ghanaian-American computer scientist and digital activist Joy Buolamwini (28) represents in the enterprise and technology section. She’s the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, which identifies biases in algorithms.
While 29-year-old Sally Nuamah, a Ghanaian-American professor at Duke University earned a spot in the education section for her accomplishments in the field.
The three Nigerian co-founders of Helium Health (Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia, and Dimeji Sofowora) a company turning hospitals across West Africa digital were recognized in the healthcare portion of the list. The 25-year-old Nigerian founder of Lightning Labs, Olaoluwa Osuntokun (25), is named in the finance section.
Malawian-American policy advisor, Michelle Mbekeani (29) also made this year’s list. Born in Libya to Sudanese parents, senior copywriter at Droga5 Nedal Ahmed (29), makes the list in the marketing and advertising section.
Shamrock Frimpong (27), the Ghanaian social entrepreneur behind the Cocoa360 is also included on the list.
Nigerian-Greek basketball player, Giannis Antetokounmpo (23), who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks is also on the list.
Popular names on the list include Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin, 29, who is making off-court moves as a media mogul, musicians Post Malone, 23, Lil Pump, 18, 21 Savage, 26, photographer Tyler Mitchell, 23 who photographed Beyonce for her Vogue September 2018 cover, and actor Storm Reid, 15.
Words by Adaeze Oguzie