A packed room burst into rapturous celebration as the names on the 30 Under 30 list for 2019 were announced at the annual FORBES AFRICA Under 30 Meet-Up in association with Kingdom Business Network (KBN) at the Houghton Hotel, Johannesburg.
The fifth annual FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list, released in a Special Issue of FORBES AFRICA for July this year, features 120 young African change-makers for the first time, increasing from 90 the previous year; with 30 finalists in each of the four categories – business, technology, creatives and sport. The annual watch-list has become one of the highest-selling editions for FORBES AFRICA, showcasing Under 30s in the driving seat of Africa’s next big start-up, creative concept, or rising business venture.
Said Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA: “It was the moment we had all been waiting for, unveiling the 120 innovators who are changing the old rules of the game and forging forward. The FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list has over the last five years come to be a highly-respected and sought-after collection of tomorrow’s leaders today.”
The sold-out event kicked-off with the major announcement by Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA, which saw the four-fold FORBES AFRICA July cover revealed, representing each of the four 30 Under 30 categories in bright, candy inspired colours. This was then followed by the formal recognition of the 30 Under 30 list-makers in attendance.
THE 120 FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30 HONOREES FOR 2019 ARE:
1. Bruce Diale, 29, South Africa, Founder & Managing Director of Brucol Global Development2. Terence Mathe, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) PBC3. Mariam Manack , 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of iTrain4. Khanyisile Madonko-Nderezina, 25, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder and CEO of Sakhile Madonko Enterprises5. Isaac Mbatha, 28, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Sky Tents SA6. Sadaam Suleiman, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Managing Director of DragonflyLimited7. Adeniyi Omotayo, 28, Nigeria, Founder & CEO Betensured Group8. David Kyalo, 29, Kenya, Founder & CEO Koncepts & Events Ltd9. Ogechukwu Anugo-Obah, 28, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Bodylikemilk10. Dorn Ndlovu, 26, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Entrepreneur Blue Print Africa11. Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Tshimong12. Sydney Sam, 26, Ghana, Founder & CEO of Workspace Global13. Shirlene Nafula, 27, Kenya, Founder & CEO of Crystal River Products14. Kgahlego Rasebotsa, 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of Interior Bubble15. Kimani Adam, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & CEO of Nature Expeditions Destination Management16. Ijeoma Balogun, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Managing Director of Redrick PR17. Bright Jaja, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of iCreate Africa18. Jesse Carlton Happy Ndongo, 28, Cameroon, Founder of Easy Group19. Henrich Akomolafe, 26, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Akotex Nigeria Limited 20. Lesego Mokae, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder of Ditsogo Projects 21. Oginni Tolulope , 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Transfurd Limited22. Theo Baloyi, 29, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Bathu Swag23. Avthar Aniruth, 21, South Africa, Founder and Executive Producer of Audience Networks24. Barbara Okereke, 28, Nigeria, Cake Designer, Founder & Managing Director of Oven Secret Limited25. Jessica Anuna, 27, Nigeria , Founder & CEO of Klasha26. Charles Edosomwan, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Strategist of TekSight Edge Limited27. Charmaine Mbatha, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder Millennial Business Administrators28. Shaney Vijendranath, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & CEO of Vimage Media29. Adetola Nola, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO Veritasi Properties Limited30. Caleb Stephen David, 27, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Versatile Commodity Traders
1. Clarence Munyai, 21, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete 2. Patricia Apolot, 28, Uganda, Kickboxer3. Jean Sseninde, 26, Uganda, Footballer & CEO4. Luvo Manyonga, 28, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete 5. Mohamed Salah, 26, Egypt, Footballer6. Sadio Mane, 27, Senegal, Footballer7. Wayde Van Nierkerk, 26, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete8. Chad Le Clos, 27, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete9. Francine Niyonsaba, 26, Burundi, Track & Field Athlete10. Margaret Nyaireira Wambui, 23, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete11. Akani Simbine, 26, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete12. Genzebe Dibaba, 28, Ethiopia, Track & Field Athlete13. Pierre Aubameyang, 29, Gabon, Footballer14. Thembi Kgatlana, 23, South Africa, Footballer15. Siya Kolisi, 27, South Africa, Footballer16. Sabrina Simader, 21, Kenya, Alpine Skier17. Quinton De Kock, 26, South Africa, Cricketer18. Alex Iwobi, 23, Nigeria, Footballer19. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 24, South Africa, Rugby Player20. Percy Tau, 25, South Africa, Footballer21. Ruhan Van Rooyen, 25, South Africa, Paralympic Athlete22. Emmanuel Korir, 24, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete23. Beatrice Chepkoech, 24, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete24. Giana Lofty, 24, Egypt, Martial Arts Practioner25. Caster Semenya, 24, South Africa, Track & Field26. Kagiso Rabada, 24, South Africa, Cricketer27. Sarah Ahmed, 21, Egypt, Weightlifter28. Jacob Kiplimo, 18, Uganda, Track & Field Athlete29. Faith Kipyegon, 25, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete30. Gerson Domingos, 23, Angola, Basketballer
1. Karabo Poppy Moletsane, 27, South Africa, Creative Illustrator, Street Artist & Graphic Designer2. Rophnan Nuri, 29, Ethiopia, Electronic Dance Music Artist3. Henry Amponsah, 28, Ghana, Designer, Founder & CEO of 101 Clothing4. Austin Malema, 28, South Africa, Photographer & CEO of Pixelkollective5. Harmony Katulondi, 29, Democratic Republic of Congo, Presenter, Model, Actor and Voice Over Artist6. Kapasa Musonda, 29, Zambia, Fashion Designer7. Richard Akuson, 26, Nigeria, Founder & Editor of A Nasty Boy8. Menzi Mcunu, 22, South Africa, Founder of the Afrocentric Gentlemvn9. Trevor Stuurman, 26, South Africa, Photographer and Creative Director10. Burna boy, 28, Nigeria, Musician11. Kim Jayde, 28, Zimbabwe, TV Presenter, Model & MC12. Petite Noir, 28, Democratic Republic of Congo, Singer, Songwriter & Producer13. Aisha Baker, 29, South Africa, Business Woman, Influencer and Style Icon14. Karun, 24, Kenya, Musician15. Gilmore Moyo, 27, Zimbabwe, Creative Director, Content Creator, Fashion Facilitator, TV & Radio Host and Founder of Paper Bag Africa16. Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo, 29, South Africa, TV Host, Entrepreneur & Musician17. Hermann Kamte, 27, Cameroon, Architect, Founder & CEO of Hermann Kamte & Associates18. Helen Chukwu, 25, Nigeria, Fashion Designer, Founder & CEO of Helen Couture19. Luis Munana, 27, Namibia, Creative Director, Model, TV Host & Founder of Voigush Africa and Waka Waka Moo20. Upile Chisala, 24, Malawi, Author & Poet21. Joseph Awuah-Darko, 22, Ghana, Contemporary Artist22. Joe ‘Human’ Nawaya, 25, Democratic Republic of Congo, Graphic Designer & Co-Founder of Creative Mind Space23. Thando Thabethe, 29, South Africa, Actress & Radio DJ 24. Rich Mnisi, 27, South Africa, Fashion Designer25. Kevin Njue, 27, Kenya, Producer, Director, Writer & CEO of Rocque Pictures26. Sho Madjozi, 27, South Africa, Musician27. Sarah Owusu, 28, Ghana, Artist & Painter28. Abisola Akintunde, 28, Nigeria, Founder & Creative Director of MakeupbyAshabee and Beelashes29. Yaa Bonsu, 28, Kenya, Fashion Stylist & Creative30. Paola Audrey Ndengue, 29, Côte d’Ivoire, Host, Producer & Co-Founder of Fashizblack
1. Nthabiseng Mosia, 28, South Africa, Co-Founder & CMO of Easy Solar2. Evans Akanno, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Cregital3. Micheal Paul Mollel, 29, Tanzania, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Jimz Technologies Co. Ltd4. Nureshka Viranna, 27, South Africa, Co-Founder & Director of Shopli5. Jacob Rugano, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & Director of AfricarTrack International6. Fred Oyetayo, 25, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Fresible7. Alpha Nury, 29, Senegal, Founder & CEO of Jamaa Funding8. Hansley Noruthun, 27, Mauritius, Founder of Mauritius Space & Science Foundation9. Schizzo Thompson, 29, Malawi, Founder & Managing Director of Sky Energy10. Wilford Mwanza, 29, Zimbabwe, Founder & CEO of Fordolutions11. Vèna Arielle Ahouansou, 25, Benin, Co-Founder & CEO of KEA Medicals12. Damilola Olokesusi, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Shuttlers Logistics Company13. Diana Esther Wangari,, 27, Kenya, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of Sagitarix14. Chinedu Azodoh, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer of Metro Africa Xpress (MAX)15. Shaun Benjamin, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Simba Solutions16. Matthew Piper, 25 and Karidas Tshintsholo, 24, South Africa, Founders of Khula App17. Courtney Bentley, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & CEO of Visibility Insight18. Josh Okpata, 27, Tochukwu Mbanugo, 29, Nigeria, Founders of Eazyhire19. Muhammed Salisu Abdullahi, 28, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Managing Director of eTrash2Cash20. Silas Adekunle, 26, Nigeria, Founder of Reach Robotics21. Joshua Chibueze, 26, Somto Ifezue, 28 and Odunayo Eweniyi, 26, Nigeria, Founders of PiggyVest22. Uka Eje, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Thrive Agric23. Melissa Mwale, 29, Zimbabwe, Founder of Hive Incorporation & Co-Founder of CryptoGem24. Eric Muli, 27, Kenya, Founder & CEO of Odyssey Capital25. Eric Rutayisire, 28, Rwanda, Founder & CEO of Charis UAS26. Khalid Machchate, 26, Wissal Farsal, 27, Morocco, Founders of K&W Technologies27. Siyabonga Thomas Tiwana, 29 & Tyrone Adams, 28, South Africa, Founders of Skywalk Innovations28. Chika Madubuko, 27, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Greymate Care29. Dorcas Owinoh, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Director of LakeHub30. Marnus van Heerden, 29, Matthew Smith 26, Ndabenhle Ngulube, 28, South Africa, Founders of Pineapple App
Official Celebration Partner of this year’s Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up, House of BNG, gifted all 120 Forbes Africa 2019 Under 30 list-makers a special bottle of House of BNG Méthode Cap Classique to toast their 2019 title with Bonang Matheba herself, doing the honours.
Attendees can now look forward to a day set to tackle many real-world issues and opportunities, with sessions ranging from business idea generation and identifying market prospects, to ascertaining funding channels and getting first-hand advice from some of the continent’s most successful minds including:● MOHAMMED DEWJI, President of MeTL Group and Africa’s youngest billionaire● South African Fashion Designer GERT-JOHAN COETZEE● LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU, Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources Group ● MARNUS BROODRYK, Founder and CEO of The Beancounter● SYLVESTER CHAUKE, Founder of DNA Brand Architects● Founder and President of CliffCentral.com, GARETH CLIFF● Multimedia Visual Artist TREVOR STUURMAN● Founder/CFO of the Sierra Leone-based solar energy company EasySolar, NTHABISENG MOSIA● POLO LETEKA, Executive Director at IDF Capital
Tasty and refreshing, PURA Soda will be keeping delegates and speakers well re-energized as the Official Refreshment Partner, whilst MSTARR Productions will be the Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up’s Official AV Partner. Proudly South African Bathu, will be ensuring the Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up crew will be decked out in the latest footwear. Helping to spread the word is Yfm as the Official Radio Partner.
The 2019 FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 edition will hit shelves on Monday, 1 July and will be available at leading retailers and where good magazines are read.