South Africans in each of the categories include the likes of recent BET Award winner, Sho Madjozi, Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk, Boity Thulo, Trevor Stuurman, Thando Thabethe, Springbok, Siya Kolisi and more.

JOHANNESBURG – Quite a few young South Africans making big waves in their respective industries have been listed on Forbes Africa‘s 30 Under 30 list for 2019.

The 30 Under 30 list for 2019 was announced at the annual Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up at the Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg recently.

Bonang Matheba’s House of BNG alcoholic drink flowed freely as the official celebration partner at the reveal event.

The list 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.

Four different covers for each category were also unveiled.

South Africans in each of the categories include the likes of recent BET Award winner, Sho Madjozi, Olympic champions Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya, Boity Thulo, Trevor Stuurman, Thando Thabethe, Springbok, Siya Kolisi and more.

The top 30 in each category are:

BUSINESS:

  1. Bruce Diale, 29, South Africa, Founder & Managing Director of Brucol Global Development
  2. Terence Mathe, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) PBC
  3. Mariam Manack , 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of iTrain
  4. Khanyisile Madonko-Nderezina, 25, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder and CEO of Sakhile Madonko Enterprises
  5. Isaac Mbatha, 28, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Sky Tents SA
  6. Sadaam Suleiman, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Managing Director of DragonflyLimited
  7. Adeniyi Omotayo, 28, Nigeria, Founder & CEO Betensured Group
  8. David Kyalo, 29, Kenya, Founder & CEO Koncepts & Events Ltd
  9. Ogechukwu Anugo-Obah, 28, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Bodylikemilk
  10. Dorn Ndlovu, 26, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Entrepreneur Blue Print Africa
  11. Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Tshimong
  12. Sydney Sam, 26, Ghana, Founder & CEO of Workspace Global
  13. Shirlene Nafula, 27, Kenya, Founder & CEO of Crystal River Products
  14. Kgahlego Rasebotsa, 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of Interior Bubble
  15. Kimani Adam, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & CEO of Nature Expeditions Destination Management
  16. Ijeoma Balogun, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Managing Director of Redrick PR
  17. Bright Jaja, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of iCreate Africa
  18. Jesse Carlton Happy Ndongo, 28, Cameroon, Founder of Easy Group
  19. 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 Limited
  22. Theo Baloyi, 29, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Bathu Swag
  23. Avthar Aniruth, 21, South Africa, Founder and Executive Producer of Audience Networks
  24. Barbara Okereke, 28, Nigeria, Cake Designer, Founder & Managing Director of Oven Secret Limited
  25. Jessica Anuna, 27, Nigeria , Founder & CEO of Klasha
  26. Charles Edosomwan, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Strategist of TekSight Edge Limited
  27. Charmaine Mbatha, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder Millennial Business Administrators
  28. Shaney Vijendranath, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & CEO of Vimage Media
  29. Adetola Nola, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO Veritasi Properties Limited
  30. Caleb Stephen David, 27, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Versatile Commodity Traders

 

SPORTS:

  1. Clarence Munyai, 21, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete
  2. Patricia Apolot, 28, Uganda, Kickboxer
  3. Jean Sseninde, 26, Uganda, Footballer & CEO
  4. Luvo Manyonga, 28, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete
  5. Mohamed Salah, 26, Egypt, Footballer
  6. Sadio Mane, 27, Senegal, Footballer
  7. Wayde Van Nierkerk, 26, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete
  8. Chad Le Clos, 27, South Africa, Swimmer
  9. Francine Niyonsaba, 26, Burundi, Track & Field Athlete
  10. Margaret Nyaireira Wambui, 23, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete
  11. Akani Simbine, 26, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete
  12. Genzebe Dibaba, 28, Ethiopia, Track & Field Athlete
  13. Pierre Aubameyang, 29, Gabon, Footballer
  14. Thembi Kgatlana, 23, South Africa, Footballer
  15. Siya Kolisi, 27, South Africa, Footballer
  16. Sabrina Simader, 21, Kenya, Alpine Skier
  17. Quinton De Kock, 26, South Africa, Cricketer
  18. Alex Iwobi, 23, Nigeria, Footballer
  19. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 24, South Africa, Rugby Player
  20. Percy Tau, 25, South Africa, Footballer
  21. Ruhan Van Rooyen, 25, South Africa, Paralympic Athlete
  22. Emmanuel Korir, 24, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete
  23. Beatrice Chepkoech, 24, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete
  24. Giana Lofty, 24, Egypt, Martial Arts Practioner
  25. Caster Semenya, 24, South Africa, Track & Field
  26. Kagiso Rabada, 24, South Africa, Cricketer
  27. Sarah Ahmed, 21, Egypt, Weightlifter
  28. Jacob Kiplimo, 18, Uganda, Track & Field Athlete
  29. Faith Kipyegon, 25, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete
  30. Gerson Domingos, 23, Angola, Basketballer

 

CREATIVES:

  1. Karabo Poppy Moletsane, 27, South Africa, Creative Illustrator, Street Artist & Graphic Designer
  2. Rophnan Nuri, 29, Ethiopia, Electronic Dance Music Artist
  3. Henry Amponsah, 28, Ghana, Designer, Founder & CEO of 101 Clothing
  4. Austin Malema, 28, South Africa, Photographer & CEO of Pixelkollective
  5. Harmony Katulondi, 29, Democratic Republic of Congo, Presenter, Model, Actor and Voice Over Artist
  6. Kapasa Musonda, 29, Zambia, Fashion Designer
  7. Richard Akuson, 26, Nigeria, Founder & Editor of A Nasty Boy
  8. Menzi Mcunu, 22, South Africa, Founder of the Afrocentric Gentlemvn
  9. Trevor Stuurman, 26, South Africa, Photographer and Creative Director
  10. Burna boy, 28, Nigeria, Musician
  11. Kim Jayde, 28, Zimbabwe, TV Presenter, Model & MC
  12. Petite Noir, 28, Democratic Republic of Congo, Singer, Songwriter & Producer
  13. Aisha Baker, 29, South Africa, Business Woman, Influencer and Style Icon
  14. Karun, 24, Kenya, Musician
  15. Gilmore Moyo, 27, Zimbabwe, Creative Director, Content Creator, Fashion Facilitator, TV & Radio Host and Founder of Paper Bag Africa
  16. Boitumelo ‘Boity’ Thulo, 29, South Africa, TV Host, Entrepreneur & Musician
  17. Hermann Kamte, 27, Cameroon, Architect, Founder & CEO of Hermann Kamte & Associates
  18. Helen Chukwu, 25, Nigeria, Fashion Designer, Founder & CEO of Helen Couture
  19. Luis Munana, 27, Namibia, Creative Director, Model, TV Host & Founder of Voigush Africa and Waka Waka Moo
  20. Upile Chisala, 24, Malawi, Author & Poet
  21. Joseph Awuah-Darko, 22, Ghana, Contemporary Artist
  22. Joe ‘Human’ Nawaya, 25, Democratic Republic of Congo, Graphic Designer & Co-Founder of Creative Mind Space
  23. Thando Thabethe, 29, South Africa, Actress & Radio DJ
  24. Rich Mnisi, 27, South Africa, Fashion Designer
  25. Kevin Njue, 27, Kenya, Producer, Director, Writer & CEO of Rocque Pictures
  26. Sho Madjozi, 27, South Africa, Musician
  27. Sarah Owusu, 28, Ghana, Artist & Painter
  28. Abisola Akintunde, 28, Nigeria, Founder & Creative Director of MakeupbyAshabee and Beelashes
  29. Yaa Bonsu, 28, Kenya, Fashion Stylist & Creative
  30. Paola Audrey Ndengue, 29, Côte d’Ivoire, Host, Producer & Co-Founder of Fashizblack

 

TECHNOLOGY:

  1. Nthabiseng Mosia, 28, South Africa, Co-Founder & CMO of Easy Solar
  2. Evans Akanno, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Cregital
  3. Micheal Paul Mollel, 29, Tanzania, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Jimz Technologies Co. Ltd
  4. Nureshka Viranna, 27, South Africa, Co-Founder & Director of Shopli
  5. Jacob Rugano, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & Director of AfricarTrack International
  6. Fred Oyetayo, 25, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Fresible
  7. Alpha Nury, 29, Senegal, Founder & CEO of Jamaa Funding
  8. Hansley Noruthun, 27, Mauritius, Founder of Mauritius Space & Science Foundation
  9. Schizzo Thompson, 29, Malawi, Founder & Managing Director of Sky Energy
  10. Wilford Mwanza, 29, Zimbabwe, Founder & CEO of Fordolutions
  11. Vèna Arielle Ahouansou, 25, Benin, Co-Founder & CEO of KEA Medicals
  12. Damilola Olokesusi, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Shuttlers Logistics Company
  13. Diana Esther Wangari,, 27, Kenya, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of Sagitarix
  14. Chinedu Azodoh, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer of Metro Africa Xpress (MAX)
  15. Shaun Benjamin, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Simba Solutions
  16. Matthew Piper, 25 and Karidas Tshintsholo, 24, South Africa, Founders of Khula App
  17. Courtney Bentley, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & CEO of Visibility Insight
  18. Josh Okpata, 27, Tochukwu Mbanugo, 29, Nigeria, Founders of Eazyhire
  19. Muhammed Salisu Abdullahi, 28, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Managing Director of eTrash2Cash
  20. Silas Adekunle, 26, Nigeria, Founder of Reach Robotics
  21. Joshua Chibueze, 26, Somto Ifezue, 28 and Odunayo Eweniyi, 26, Nigeria, Founders of PiggyVest
  22. Uka Eje, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Thrive Agric
  23. Melissa Mwale, 29, Zimbabwe, Founder of Hive Incorporation & Co-Founder of CryptoGem
  24. Eric Muli, 27, Kenya, Founder & CEO of Odyssey Capital
  25. Eric Rutayisire, 28, Rwanda, Founder & CEO of Charis UAS
  26. Khalid Machchate, 26, Wissal Farsal, 27, Morocco, Founders of K&W Technologies
  27. Siyabonga Thomas Tiwana, 29 & Tyrone Adams, 28, South Africa, Founders of Skywalk Innovations
  28. Chika Madubuko, 27, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Greymate Care
  29. Dorcas Owinoh, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Director of LakeHub

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