5 June 2018

Africa: Koleka Putuma, Beverly Naya, Davido Make 2018 Forbes Africa Under 30 Business

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Forbes Africa released a list of 90 Under 30 young Africans in the creative, technology and business categories. The list dominated by Nigeria and South Africa shows how young people on the continent are making their mark in the world. Some of your faves are on the list.

Forbes Africa released its 2018 list of young Africans under the age of 30 who are promising young change-makers. The list, described as "authentic and most definitive" was described as "the stars of tomorrow you should know today".

Currently in its fourth edition, the list comprises of under 30 year olds in three different fields; business, technology and creative, thus making the list a total of 90 young Africans. The list was sifted from a large pile of over 600 nominations. The magazine presents the 30 as "young entrepreneurs and next generation billionaires running their own businesses".

According to the magazine they reached the list by "rigorous research, vetting, verifying and investigating." The magazine states: "we favored entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, revenue, location, potential, struggles, social impact and resilience".

The list from the three categories is filled with mostly Nigerians and South Africans entrepreneurs, especially in the creative category. Some observers have argued that the list is neither a reflection nor representative of the continent as most countries, especially Francophone countries were left out.

Nigerian actress Beverly Naya reacted to being named on the list on her Instagram page. "It's always a humbling feeling to have your hard work recognised, it's even more humbling when it comes from a business magazine as respected as Forbes. . . to be recognised as one of the 30 under 30 for 2018 feels incredible," Naya wrote.

South African actress Thuso Mbedu said, "To be counted amongst some of the most brilliant young minds on the continent is truly mind blowing and humbling." Mbedu, a Wits graduate was nominated in the 'Best Performance by an Actress' category at the 2017 International Emmy Awards.

The reality that the continent is full of talent and great potential is evident in the Forbes under 30 list.

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