This year’s Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list marks a historic turn as many businesses and brands were adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The editorial team curating the list sifted through countless nominations looking for resourcefulness and resilience in candidates, so crucial at this time in rebuilding and contributing to the African growth story. Their extensive research was also vetted by audit partner, SNG Grant Thornton, and a panel of judges and subject-matter experts on the continent.

“The FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list is our most coveted list of the year, and what makes this year’s compilation even more compelling is the fighting spirit of the candidates who made it through a turbulent year. They need to be honoured for their tenacity as leaders charting a non-linear trajectory to success, and they are also representative of Africa’s greater talent trove that they will in turn help shine a light on,”

says Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA

THE FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30 LIST FOR 2021 (in no particular order):
● Cleo Johnson, South Africa, Founder & Director of NUECLEO
● Timilehin Bello, Nigeria, CEO and Founder of Media Panache
● Lebohang Moeletsi Phadi, South Africa, CEO of Basadi Logistics
● Sepenica Darko, Ghana, Founder of FarmerTribe Company
● Deborah Mutwemwa, Zambia – South Africa, Founder and CEO Tsumbo Scott Incorporated
● Bontle Tshole, South Africa, CEO and Founder of BAAA Health

Brian Kakembo, Uganda, Founder, and CEO of Weye Clean Energy Co. Ltd
● Hertzy Kabeya, DRC – South Africa, Founder and CEO of The Student Hub
● Temidayo Oniosun, Nigeria, Founder of Space in Africa
● Felix Byaruhanga, Uganda, Founder of Skyline media and Management LTD
● Harrykrishna Niadassen Poonoosamy Padiachy, Mauritius, Founder of NKH Energy
● Shakemore Timburwa, Zimbabwe, Founder of Energy Plus
● Mihlali Ndamase, South Africa, Creative and Digital Influencer
● Amarachi Nwosu, Nigerian self-taught visual artist, storyteller, and CEO of Melanin
● Divine Ikubor (also known as Rema), Nigeria, Musician
● Reinhard Mahalie, Namibia, Fashion stylist and founder of RM Fashion Styling
● Tendai Kevin Zhou, Zimbabwe, Founder of VP Hostings
● Kabelo Motha (also known as Kabza De Small), South Africa, Producer & DJ
● Kgaogelo Moagi (also known as Master KG), South Africa, Music Artist & Producer
● Ifan Ifeanyi Michael, Nigeria, Creative artist & filmmaker
● Li-Chi Pan, South Africa, Art Director & Digital Influencer, Founder of Li Chi Pan
● Hayze Engola, Malawi, Musician, Creative, & founder of KNQR Investments
● Wale Lawal, Nigeria, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Republic
● Tilka Paljk, Zambia, Swimmer
● Lukhanyo Am, South Africa, Rugby player
● James Kang’aru MwangI, Kenya, Founder, and CEO of Epitome School of Chess
● Julio “Beast” Bianchi, South Africa, E-Gamer, FIFA Player
● Cheslin Kolbe, South Africa, Rugby player
● Thabo Moloi, South Africa, E-Gamer, FIFA Player
● Antonio Depina, Cape Verde, Founder, Overseas Basketball Connection, Praia

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