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Meet Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2019

Sarah Owusu
Forbes Africa has released its annual 30 Under 30 list.

The names were announced at the annual Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up in association in Johannesburg.

This year’s list has over 120 names, up from 90 last year, across four categories – business, technology, creatives and sport.

Ghana's Sydney Sam, Henry Amponsah, Joseph Awuah-Darko and Sarah Owusu were named business and creatives categories respectively.

Footballers Alex Iwobi (Nigeria), Mohammed Salah (Egypt) and Pierre Aubameyang (Gabon) were also named, including South African track and field athlete Caster Semenya.

See the full list below:


    Bruce Diale, 29, South Africa, Founder & Managing Director of Brucol Global Development

    Terence Mathe, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) PBC

    Mariam Manack , 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of iTrain

  Khanyisile Madonko-Nderezina, 25, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder and CEO of Sakhile Madonko Enterprises

    Isaac Mbatha, 28, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Sky Tents SA

    Sadaam Suleiman, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Managing Director of DragonflyLimited

    Adeniyi Omotayo, 28, Nigeria, Founder & CEO Betensured Group

    David Kyalo, 29, Kenya, Founder & CEO Koncepts & Events Ltd

    Ogechukwu Anugo-Obah, 28, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Bodylikemilk

    Dorn Ndlovu, 26, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Entrepreneur Blue Print Africa

    Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Tshimong

    Sydney Sam, 26, Ghana, Founder & CEO of Workspace Global

    Shirlene Nafula, 27, Kenya, Founder & CEO of Crystal River Products

    Kgahlego Rasebotsa, 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of Interior Bubble

    Kimani Adam, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & CEO of Nature Expeditions Destination Management

    Ijeoma Balogun, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Managing Director of Redrick PR

    Bright Jaja, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of iCreate Africa

    Jesse Carlton Happy Ndongo, 28, Cameroon, Founder of Easy Group

    Henrich Akomolafe, 26, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Akotex Nigeria Limited

    Lesego Mokae, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder of Ditsogo Projects

    Oginni Tolulope , 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Transfurd Limited

    Theo Baloyi, 29, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Bathu Swag

    Avthar Aniruth, 21, South Africa, Founder and Executive Producer of Audience Networks

   Barbara Okereke, 28, Nigeria, Cake Designer, Founder & Managing Director of Oven Secret Limited

    Jessica Anuna, 27, Nigeria , Founder & CEO of Klasha

    Charles Edosomwan, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Strategist of TekSight Edge Limited

    Charmaine Mbatha, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder Millennial Business Administrators

    Shaney Vijendranath, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & CEO of Vimage Media

    Adetola Nola, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO Veritasi Properties Limited

    Caleb Stephen David, 27, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Versatile Commodity Traders


    Clarence Munyai, 21, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

    Patricia Apolot, 28, Uganda, Kickboxer

    Jean Sseninde, 26, Uganda, Footballer & CEO

    Luvo Manyonga, 28, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

    Mohamed Salah, 26, Egypt, Footballer

    Sadio Mane, 27, Senegal, Footballer

    Wayde Van Nierkerk, 26, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

    Chad Le Clos, 27, South Africa, Swimmer

    Francine Niyonsaba, 26, Burundi, Track & Field Athlete

    Margaret Nyaireira Wambui, 23, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete

    Akani Simbine, 26, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

    Genzebe Dibaba, 28, Ethiopia, Track & Field Athlete

    Pierre Aubameyang, 29, Gabon, Footballer

    Thembi Kgatlana, 23, South Africa, Footballer

    Siya Kolisi, 27, South Africa, Footballer

    Sabrina Simader, 21, Kenya, Alpine Skier

    Quinton De Kock, 26, South Africa, Cricketer

    Alex Iwobi, 23, Nigeria, Footballer

    Aphiwe Dyantyi, 24, South Africa, Rugby Player

    Percy Tau, 25, South Africa, Footballer

    Ruhan Van Rooyen, 25, South Africa, Paralympic Athlete

    Emmanuel Korir, 24, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete

    Beatrice Chepkoech, 24, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete

    Giana Lofty, 24, Egypt, Martial Arts Practioner

    Caster Semenya, 24, South Africa, Track & Field

    Kagiso Rabada, 24, South Africa, Cricketer

    Sarah Ahmed, 21, Egypt, Weightlifter

    Jacob Kiplimo, 18, Uganda, Track & Field Athlete

    Faith Kipyegon, 25, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete

    Gerson Domingos, 23, Angola, Basketballer


    Karabo Poppy Moletsane, 27, South Africa, Creative Illustrator, Street Artist & Graphic Designer

    Rophnan Nuri, 29, Ethiopia, Electronic Dance Music Artist

    Henry Amponsah, 28, Ghana, Designer, Founder & CEO of 101 Clothing

    Austin Malema, 28, South Africa, Photographer & CEO of Pixelkollective

    Harmony Katulondi, 29, Democratic Republic of Congo, Presenter, Model, Actor and Voice Over Artist

    Kapasa Musonda, 29, Zambia, Fashion Designer

    Richard Akuson, 26, Nigeria, Founder & Editor of A Nasty Boy

    Menzi Mcunu, 22, South Africa, Founder of the Afrocentric Gentlemvn

    Trevor Stuurman, 26, South Africa, Photographer and Creative Director

    Burna boy, 28, Nigeria, Musician

    Kim Jayde, 28, Zimbabwe, TV Presenter, Model & MC

    Petite Noir, 28, Democratic Republic of Congo, Singer, Songwriter & Producer

    Aisha Baker, 29, South Africa, Business Woman, Influencer and Style Icon

    Karun, 24, Kenya, Musician

   Gilmore Moyo, 27, Zimbabwe, Creative Director, Content Creator, Fashion Facilitator, TV & Radio Host and Founder of Paper Bag Africa

    Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo, 29, South Africa, TV Host, Entrepreneur & Musician

    Hermann Kamte, 27, Cameroon, Architect, Founder & CEO of Hermann Kamte & Associates

    Helen Chukwu, 25, Nigeria, Fashion Designer, Founder & CEO of Helen Couture

   Luis Munana, 27, Namibia, Creative Director, Model, TV Host & Founder of Voigush Africa and Waka Waka Moo

    Upile Chisala, 24, Malawi, Author & Poet

    Joseph Awuah-Darko, 22, Ghana, Contemporary Artist

   Joe ‘Human’ Nawaya, 25, Democratic Republic of Congo, Graphic Designer & Co-Founder of Creative Mind Space

    Thando Thabethe, 29, South Africa, Actress & Radio DJ

    Rich Mnisi, 27, South Africa, Fashion Designer

    Kevin Njue, 27, Kenya, Producer, Director, Writer & CEO of Rocque Pictures

    Sho Madjozi, 27, South Africa, Musician

    Sarah Owusu, 28, Ghana, Artist & Painter

    Abisola Akintunde, 28, Nigeria, Founder & Creative Director of MakeupbyAshabee and Beelashes

    Yaa Bonsu, 28, Kenya, Fashion Stylist & Creative

    Paola Audrey Ndengue, 29, Côte d’Ivoire, Host, Producer & Co-Founder of Fashizblack


    Nthabiseng Mosia, 28, South Africa, Co-Founder & CMO of Easy Solar

    Evans Akanno, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Cregital

   Micheal Paul Mollel, 29, Tanzania, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Jimz Technologies Co. Ltd

    Nureshka Viranna, 27, South Africa, Co-Founder & Director of Shopli

    Jacob Rugano, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & Director of AfricarTrack International

    Fred Oyetayo, 25, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Fresible

    Alpha Nury, 29, Senegal, Founder & CEO of Jamaa Funding

    Hansley Noruthun, 27, Mauritius, Founder of Mauritius Space & Science Foundation

    Schizzo Thompson, 29, Malawi, Founder & Managing Director of Sky Energy

    Wilford Mwanza, 29, Zimbabwe, Founder & CEO of Fordolutions

    Vèna Arielle Ahouansou, 25, Benin, Co-Founder & CEO of KEA Medicals

    Damilola Olokesusi, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Shuttlers Logistics Company

    Diana Esther Wangari,, 27, Kenya, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of Sagitarix

    Chinedu Azodoh, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer of Metro Africa Xpress (MAX)

    Shaun Benjamin, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Simba Solutions

    Matthew Piper, 25 and Karidas Tshintsholo, 24, South Africa, Founders of Khula App

    Courtney Bentley, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & CEO of Visibility Insight

    Josh Okpata, 27, Tochukwu Mbanugo, 29, Nigeria, Founders of Eazyhire

    Muhammed Salisu Abdullahi, 28, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Managing Director of eTrash2Cash

    Silas Adekunle, 26, Nigeria, Founder of Reach Robotics

    Joshua Chibueze, 26, Somto Ifezue, 28 and Odunayo Eweniyi, 26, Nigeria, Founders of PiggyVest

    Uka Eje, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Thrive Agric

    Melissa Mwale, 29, Zimbabwe, Founder of Hive Incorporation & Co-Founder of CryptoGem

    Eric Muli, 27, Kenya, Founder & CEO of Odyssey Capital

    Eric Rutayisire, 28, Rwanda, Founder & CEO of Charis UAS

    Khalid Machchate, 26, Wissal Farsal, 27, Morocco, Founders of K&W Technologies

 Siyabonga Thomas Tiwana, 29 & Tyrone Adams, 28, South Africa, Founders of Skywalk Innovations

    Chika Madubuko, 27, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Greymate Care

    Dorcas Owinoh, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Director of LakeHub

    Marnus van Heerden, 29, Matthew Smith 26, Ndabenhle Ngulube, 28, South Africa, Founders of Pineapple App

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