Forbes Africa has released one of the most anticipated list of 30 “of the brightest, hungriest and most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30” in Africa.
The average age of the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 #ClassOf2017 is 27 and 33% of those on the list are women. 53% of the honourees are from Southern Africa with 9 from South Africa, while West and East Africa make up 23.3% each. The average age of women is 28.2 while the average age of men on the list is 26.4
Five Nigerians – Nasir Yammama, 27, Shakeela Tolasade Williams, 29, Muktar Onifade, 26, Edikan Udiong, 29 and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, 26 – also made the list.
See full list below:
Knight Ganje, 29 (Zimbabwe), Founder, H&G Advertising Group
H&G Advertising, the Botswana-based ad agency, counts Unilever, Emirates, Coca-Cola and Samsung among its clients. It operates in Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe; has 80 permanent employees and 600 temporary staff and turns over $38 million a year.
Jean Bosco Nzeyimana, 24 (Rwanda), Founder, Habona Ltd
Habona Ltd offers affordable and environmentally friendly services and energy fuels in the form of biomass briquettes and biogas waste. The company is also diversifying into the installation and operation of clean power plants, ranging from waste to energy, such as solar, biomass, hydro, and wind, as well as climate-smart farming.
Rupert Weterings, 28 (South Africa), Founder, Allied Insurance Brokers
In 2011, he founded Allied Insurance Brokers (AIB) in Angola and in just two years the company grew to become one of the largest Angolan property, casualty, life and medical insurance and reinsurance brokerage companies.
Eugene Mbugua, 26 (Kenya), Founder, Young Rich Television Limited and My Yearbook Kenya Limited
Young Rich Television Limited has produced several popular television shows, among them; Young Rich; Get InThe Kitchen; Stori Yangu and Our Perfect Wedding. These reality shows have aired on multiple stations across the continent, including K24, Maisha Magic East, Kwese, Trigger, Iflix and ShowMax. My Yearbook Kenya Limited, a company that produces yearbooks for schools, companies and governmental organizations.
Sandra Mwiihangele, 29 (Namibia), Founder, Kiyomisandz Beauty Products
Kiyomisandz, a cosmetic and toiletry manufacturing company based in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. The company manufactures its own products and offers contract manufacturing services to people who want to make their own.
Nasir Yammama, 27 (Nigeria), Founder, Verdant Agri-Tech
Verdant AgriTech is a social enterprise to support rural farmers with mobile technologies for sustainable farming and improved food production.
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