FORBES AFRICA has released the 30 Under 30 list for 2019 at the annual Under 30 Meet-Up in Johannesburg.


JOHANNESBURG, 28 JUNE 2019 – A packed room burst into rapturous celebration as the names on the 30 Under 30 list for 2019 were announced at the annual FORBES AFRICA Under 30 Meet-Up in association with Kingdom Business Network (KBN) at the Houghton Hotel, Johannesburg.

The fifth annual FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list, released in a Special Issue of FORBES AFRICA for July this year, 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. The annual watch-list has become one of the highest-selling editions for FORBES AFRICA, showcasing Under 30s in the driving seat of Africa’s next big start-up, creative concept, or rising business venture.

Said Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA: “It was the moment we had all been waiting for, unveiling the 120 innovators who are changing the old rules of the game and forging forward. The FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list has over the last five years come to be a highly-respected and sought-after collection of tomorrow’s leaders today.”

The sold-out event kicked-off with the major announcement by Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA, which saw the four-fold FORBES AFRICA July cover revealed, representing each of the four 30 Under 30 categories in bright, candy inspired colours. This was then followed by the formal recognition of the 30 Under 30 list-makers in attendance.

We narrowed in on the creative list!


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 Fashizblackare thrilled to know that 
We are thrilled to know that creative are being recognised for their immense input. Congratulations to everyone who made the list!

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