Forbes Africa: Victor Osimhen, Fireboy DML, Tyla, and Veekee James Make ’30 Under 30′ 2024 List

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Forbes Africa celebrates the 10th edition of its annual 30 Under 30 list in the magazine’s April/May 2024 issue.

This is a testament to the talent pool on the African continent, which features the world’s youngest population.

The list highlights young, ambitious, and bold leaders shaping Africa in entertainment, education, sports, technology, healthcare, art, and other industries.

Nigerians like singer-songwriter Adedamola Oyinlola Adefolahan (Fireboy DML), Super Eagles footballer Victor Osimhen, founder and CEO of Mainlogix Technology Josiah Akinloye, founder of Veekee James Ruth Erikan James, track and field athlete Tobi Amusan, and founder and CEO FXKudi Abioye Oyetunji are among those included.

Other Africans on the list include South African singer-songwriter Tyla Laura Seethal, founder of Trigershot Engineering Peace Wutawunashe, director and founder of Africa Afya Healthcare Kenneth M. Njeru, co-founder and CTO of Ramani Calvin Usiri, and more.

From over a thousand applicants this year, the finalists were drawn after a rigorous vetting process by the editorial team led by Under 30 curator Chanel Retief, alongside a panel of independent external judges and subject-matter experts such as Mo Abudu, Kate Kallot, Chris Maurice, Tlaleng Mofokeng, Helena Ndume, Desiree Ellis, and also former Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 alumni.

The evaluation process commenced in late 2023, with the support of the audit partner, SNG Grant Thornton.

Here’s what the managing editor of Forbes Africa, Renuka Methil, had to say: “For a decade, we have unpacked the unmistakable potential and story of Africa’s youth. And Forbes Africa’s 10th 30 Under 30 list too has ambition and adrenaline packed into this special issue. These purpose-minded 20-something achievers are on the way up, overcoming the odds in their quest to become tomorrow’s titans and billionaires, making a huge difference in the countries, companies, and communities they serve.”

Forbes will host the #Under30Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, from the 5th to the 8th of May.

See the full list here.

  1. Alex Mativo, 29, Kenya
    CEO and Co-founder, E-LAB, Nanasi and Duck
    Industry: Multiple ventures
  2. Ann-Kathrin Joos, 28, South Africa
    CEO and Founder, Standard Beauty
    Industry: Beauty
  3. Vimbai Masiyiwa, 29, Zimbabwe
    CEO, Batoka Hospitality
    Industry: Tourism
  4. Andrew Ddembe, 28, Uganda
    Co-founder and CEO, MobiKlinic
    Industry: Healthtech
  5. Chad Jones, 28, South Africa
    Social Media Content Creator and Brand Influencer
    Industry: Social media
  6. Adedamola Oyinlola Adefolahan (Fireboy DML), 28, Nigeria
    Industry: Entertainment
  7. Tyla Laura Seethal, 22, South Africa
    Industry: Entertainment
  8. Ayushi Chandaria, 26, Kenya
    Founder, Design Thinking Program (Kenya)
    Industry: Education
  9. Ama Qamata, 25, South Africa
    Actress, Producer
    Industry: Entertainment
  10. Daniel Novitzkas, 28, South Africa
    Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Specno
    Industry: Software Development and Technology Solutions
  11. Prisca Wegesa Magori, 29, Tanzania
    CEO and Co-founder, TenTen Explore and Smart EFD
    Industry: Software Development
  12. Luke Mostert, 27, South Africa
    Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, CatalyzU
    Industry: EdTech & JobTech
  13. Arooj Sheikh, 28, Kenya
    Founder and CEO, Beyond Kenyan Bars
    Sector: Social development
  14. Kenneth M. Njeru, 25, Kenya
    Director and Founder, Africa Afya Healthcare
    Industry: Health Investment Services
  15. Cayley Jorgensen, 29, South Africa
    CEO and Founder, Ingage Support; Registered Counselor
    Sector: Mental health
  16. Hildah Magaia, 29, South Africa
    Forward for Mazatlán F.C Femenil and Banyana Banyana
    Industry: Sport – Football
  17. Victor Osimhen, 25, Nigeria
    Footballer and Striker for Super Eagles
    Industry: Sport – Football
  18. Tobi Amusan, 26, Nigeria
    Track and Field Athlete
    Industry: Sport – Athletics
  19. Damian Willemse, 25, South Africa
    Stormers and Springboks rugby player
    Industry: Sport – Rugby
  20. Ricardo Lognath, 29, South Africa
    Co-Founder and CEO, Omninela Medical
  21. Nicolas Lognath, 27, South Africa
    Co-Founder and Director, Omninela Medical
    Industry: Healthcare/E-commerce
  22. Ruth Erikan James, 29, Nigeria
    Founder, Veekee James
    Industry: Fashion
  23. Shaun Maswanganyi, 23, South Africa
    Track and Field Athlete
    Industry: Sport – Athletics
  24. Jeremiah Thoronka, 24, Sierra Leone
    Founder and CEO, Optim Energy
    Sector: Climate Change and Sustainability (Social Impact)
  25. Calvin Usiri, 28, Tanzania
    Co-founder and CTO, Ramani
    Industry: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  26. Peace Wutawunashe, 27, Zimbabwe
    Founder, Trigershot Engineering
    Industry: Solar/Renewable Energy
  27. Esethu Cenga, 29, South Africa
    Co-founder and CEO, Rewoven
    Industry: Fashion
  28. Josiah Akinloye, 29, Nigeria
    Founder and CEO, Mainlogix Technology
    Industry: Automation and Technology
  29. Abioye Oyetunji, 29, Ghana
    Founder and CEO, FXKudi
    Industry: Fintech
  30. Nadine Roos, 27, South Africa
    South African Rugby Union (Springboks) and Sevens player
    Industry: Sport – Rugby

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