Forbes Africa magazine reveals its annual 30 Under 30 list Class of 2023 

Back in the day, it used to be a big deal to be featured in the Forbes Africa magazine however, in today’s world is no longer the case because of the democratisation of the media. 

Today users do their own PR – Public Relations, they go online and create their digital profile and market themselves online without anybody’s help. 

The magazine has revealed its annual FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list. The list includes young African entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who are creating and making their dreams a reality.  

“These young achievers are starting from scratch to build businesses and brands that are totally solutions-oriented,” reads Forbes Africa Magazine. 

The Forbes Africa magazine 30 Under 30 list Class of 2023 will be followed by The Forbes Under 30 Summit Africa which is coming back for a second time to the world’s greatest growth market, Botswana, from April 23 – 26.

Here’s the list in no particular order of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who made the final cut:

Dr Wedu Tose Somolekae, 29, Botswana – Founder, Medi-Glow Aesthetics
Industry: Aesthetic medicine

Rosalia Nghitalesheni Joseph, 28, Namibia – Regional Coordinator, Women in Vector Control (WIVC), Central and Southern Africa
Industry: Medical entomologist/public researcher

Temilade Openiyi / ‘Tems’, 27, Nigeria – Singer-songwriter
Industry: Music and Entertainment

Dr Olivier Uwishema, 29, Rwanda – Founder, Oli Health Magazine Organization (OHMO)
Industry: Medicine/Research

Khethokuhle ‘Kay Yarms’ Ngonyama, 29, South Africa – Beauty Influencer
Industry: Content creation

Lethabo ‘Focalistic’ Sebetso, 26, South Africa – Rapper
Industry: Music and Entertainment

Joel Embiid, 29, Cameroon – Center for Philadelphia 76ers National Basketball Association
Industry: Professional Basketball Player

Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe / ‘Ayra Starr’, 20, Benin/Nigeria – Singer
Industry: Music and Entertainment

Nompumelelo ‘Mpoomy’ Ledwaba, 29, South Africa – Entrepreneur/Digital Creator
Industry: Digital Marketing

Yvette Ishimwe, 25, Rwanda – Founder and CEO, Iriba Water Group
Industry: Water Solutions

Oluwabusayo Victoria Abiri. 29, Nigeria – Founder and CEO, Koko By Khloe
Industry: Beauty and Skincare

Hansel Ndu Okeke, 28, Nigeria – Co-founder and CEO, Weevil Company
Industry: Technology

Germain Ndu-Okeke, 24, Nigeria – Co-founder and Chief Operation Officer, Weevil Company
Industry: Technology

Asisat Oshoala, 28, Nigeria – Striker for Spanish Liga F club FC Barcelona and the Nigeria women’s national team
Industry: Professional Footballe

Jacques Jordaan, 27, South Africa – Co-founder and Director, Specno
Industry: Entrepreneur/Technology

Blessing Joel Abeng, 28, Nigeria – Co-founder and Director of Communications, Ingressive For Good
Industry: Branding and Communications

Jessica Mshama, 27, Tanzania – Founder and CEO, Nakua Na Taifa Langu, Director of Assumpter Digital Schools
Industry: Entrepreneur/Social Impact

Dricus ‘Still Knocks’ du Plessis, 29, South Africa – Professional mixed martial artist in Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) | Industry: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Koaile Monaheng, 29, Lesotho – Associate Director and Shareholder, Khantša Energy
Industry: Renewable Energy

Isaack Damian Buhiye, 28, Tanzania – CEO, Firm 23 Limited
Industry: Digital Enterprise Solutions

Emmanuel Whajah, 29, Ghana – Creative Director, Videographer and owner of Emzy Production Films
Industry: Film and entertainment

Cheslin Denman, 29, South Africa – Managing Director and Co-Founder, Trustlink Africa Hub
Industry: Fintech

Mhlengi Mluleki Ngcobo, 28, South Africa – Founder and CEO, CoffeeMM
Industry: Agriculture

Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni, 29, South Africa – Chief Operation Officer, Green Development Foundation
Industry: Sustainability

Cody Gordon, 26, South Africa – Co-founder and CEO, CG Technology Group (be frank, Constructive Candor and It’sOk)
Industry: Mental Health Technology

Thembi Kgatlana, 26, South Africa – A Forward for NWSL club Racing Louisville FC and the South Africa women’s national team
Industry: Professional Football

Mohammed Kudus, 22, Ghana – Attacking midfielder for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Ghana national team
Industry: Professional Football

Sharva Hassamal, 29, Mauritius – Founder, Portage Labs
Industry: Information Technology

Mutethia Mbaabu, 29, Kenya – Co-founder and CEO, MarketForce
Industry: E-Commerce

Alessandrio Bergman, 29, South Africa – Founder, SYNC Model Management
Industry: Fashion and Marketing

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