Last month, Y! Magazine announced that it is rebranding to Y! Africa. Now we can see the first look at the bold new direction.
32-year old serial entrepreneur Ashish J. Thakkar covers the debut issue of the publication. Ashish is the CEO of Mara Group, a pan-African multi-sector business conglomerate.
From escaping genocide and Hotel Rwanda, to conducting transatlantic business at the age of 15, Ashish who has been called Africa’s youngest billionaire, is a poster boy for evolving possibilities of the continent.
Chude Jideonwo, Editor-in-chief of Y! Africa says “Africa is a beautiful picture in contrasts. On the one hand… much more than half of the employable young population is out of job and there are many caught in wars and rumors of ears, from Sudan’s two sides to the Central African Republic. But on the other… there’s growth and palpable excitement as the continent to watch; investment pouring in for technology and a whole range of businesses new and traditional, impressive GDPs across countries; democracy solidifying and with it free speech, citizen engagement, the flourishing enterprise and a groundswell of creativity. This edition presents that sense of newness – and hope.”
The issue also features the #YCeleb100, profiling 100 of Africa’s most powerful celebrities under 40, and the #YTech100, which lists the 100 Most Innovative People and Ideas in Nigeria’s Tech Space.
Y! is available in stores and from vendors across Nigeria, and is also distributed in Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa.
In Nigeria, you can also pay for the magazine with your mobile phone or online at Okada Books www.okadabooks.com andexodusestore.com http://www.exodusestore.com and have it delivered to any part of the country (click on magazine, click on the Y! Africa logo and place your order).
Photography: Ade Asiko
Stylist: Segun Garuba
Written by: Wilfred Okiche