The 2021 Forbes Africa ‘30 under 30’ list is out

The annually released Forbes list features influential young Africans under 30 years of age

Forbes has released this year's under 30s list that ran under the theme "A new Covid-induced agenda for social change". This new June/July issue is already out on shelves and celebrates 7 years of the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 where it showcases the continent's talent pipeline. Featured are innovative entrepreneurs, sports stars, techies, and high-flying creatives who led the continent despite the ravaging pandemic. 

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This year’s list was dominated by Southern Africa talent which took 18 of the 30 slots. West Africa followed with 8 and East Africa landed 4. 

Past year lists featured stars such as Siya Kolisi, Bruce Diale, Thuso Mbedu, Burna Boy, Nthabiseng Mosia, Davido, Shamim Nabuuma, Wikid, Nasty C, Karabo Poppy, Sho Madjozi, Mr.Eazi, and many others. 

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This year’s list was a little different with the businesses and brands hugely affected by Covid-19. In their considerations, the editorial team scouted for resilience and resourcefulness when scouring through the list of candidates. This was so crucial at a time when countless African businesses and brands bore the brunt of the ravaging pandemic. However, some stood the test of time and radiated a story capturing Africa’s rebuilding and growth. 

A seasoned panel of judges, experts on given subject matters and SNG Grant Thompton  also helped in the extensive vetting process. 

Renuka Methil, Managing Editor at Forbes Africa described the “Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list as its ”most coveted list of the year.” She pointed out the “fighting spirit of the candidates” who braved it this year and were honored as leaders charting “a non-linear trajectory to success.” 

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Here are the outstanding people who made it to the list in no particular order.

Southern Africa

  • Cleo Johnson (South Africa) Founder/Director at NUECLEO
  • Lebohang Moeletsi Phadi (South Africa) CEO Basadi Logistics
  • Deborah Mutwemwa (Zambia) Founder/CEO Tsumbo Scott Incorporated
  • Bontle Tshole (South Africa) CEO/Founder BAAA Health
  • Shakemore Timburwa (Zimbabwe) Founder Energy Plus
  • Mihlali Ndamase (South Africa) creative/digital influencer
  • Reinhard Mahalie (Namibia) fashion stylist
  • Tendai Kevin Zhou (Zimbabwe) founder VP Hostings
  • Kabelo Motha (South Africa) producer & Dj
  • Kgaogelo Moagi (South Africa) Music artist/ producer
  • Li-Chi Pan (South Africa) digital influencer
  • Hayze Engola (Malawi) Founder KNQR Investments
  • Tilka Paljk (Zambia) swimmer
  • Lukhanyo Am (South Africa) rugby player
  • Julio Bianchi “Beast”(South Africa) e-gamer
  • Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa) rugby player
  • Thabo Moloi (South Africa) e-gamer
  • Antonio Depina (Cape Verde) Founder, Overseas Basketball Connection

Western Africa

  • Timilehin Bello (Nigeria) CEO/Founder at Media Panache
  • Sepenica Darko (Ghana) Founder FarmerTribe Company
  • Temidayo Oniosun (Nigeria) Founder Space in Africa
  • Amarachi Nwosu (Nigeria) CEO Melanin Unscripted
  • Divine Ikubor (Nigeria) musician
  • Hertzy Kabeya (DRC-South Africa) Founder/CEO The Student Hub
  • Ifan Ifeanyi Michael (Nigeria) Creative artist/ filmmaker
  • Wale Lawal (Nigeria) Founder The Republic

Eastern Africa

  • Brian Kakembo (Uganda) Founder/CEO Weye Clean Energy
  • Felix Byaruhanga (Uganda) Founder Skyline media and Management LTD
  • Harrykrishna Niadassen Poonoosamy Padiachy (Mauritius) Founder NKH Energy
  • James Kang’aru MwangI (Kenya) CEO of Epitome School of Chess