Connect with us


Forbes Africa Reveals Africa’s “30 under 30” For 2016



Forbes-Africa-June-2016-CoverForbes Africa 30 under 30 list hits the shelves this weekend, revealing the 30 most promising entrepreneurs from around the continent, across various sectors. These are the billionaires of tomorrow.

“This is the most important list of the year for Forbes Africa. If one young African reads it and is inspired enough to start a business it has done its job,” says Chris Bishop, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa.

The list was edited by Ancillar Mangena, a Forbes Africa journalist and an under 30 herself. She spent months looking for the best, this continent has to offer. Research coupled with nominations from readers brought the number to 250 potential under 30s. The team worked for weeks, verifying and investigating, to whittle it down.

The team favoured entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, location, potential, struggles and determination. A panel of judges then debated the final 30.

The list has entrepreneurs from around the continent, from Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Tanzania, Benin, Gambia, Zimbabwe and many more.

Nadav Ossendryver, Siya Beyile, Inga Gubeka, Emmanuel Bonoko and Mogau Seshoene represent South Africa. Nkosana Mazibisa is the only Zimbabwean on the list, Momarr Mass Taal representing Gambia, Hanta Tiana Ranaivo Rajaonarisoa for Madagascar, Vital Sounouvou for Benin, Kelvin Doe for Sierra Leone, William Elong for Cameroon and Fatoumata BA for Senegal. Nigerians on the list include Uneku Atawodi and Obinwanne Okeke; and Kenyans include Barclay Okari and Joel Macharia.

“This has been a very long but interesting journey. I think I am more excited about the list a little more than the entrepreneurs. I have become attached to each and every one of them because the vetting process was so long and I had to talk to them often. I am confident they are the billionaires of tomorrow. Peruse them, argue over them and follow their journeys. We find this list exciting, thought provoking and forward looking,” says Mangena of Forbes Africa.

Forbes Africa will have daily Twitter Q&A sessions with the class of 2016. Follow @forbesafrica #30under30, @ancillarmangena  and @chrisbishopza for more on Forbes Africa and the 30 under 30 list.

You may not know many of their names now, but, in 20 years’ time, they could be on the cover of Forbes Africa.


  1. Oma

    May 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Entrepreneurs are indeed tomorrow’s billionaires. Congrats to the Nigerian nominees! Thank you for making us proud

  2. BA

    May 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Lovely! Congrats to the Forbes class of 2016.

    Side note: Maybe its me but this cover reeks of pangolo music video visuals with money throw around. Could have been classier I guess.

    • Jo!

      May 28, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Like! This cover is so tacky, what the hell! With the money being thrown all over *pukes*

  3. @_zuggy

    May 27, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Lord, I want to be in this list next year. bless my hustle.

    • Tosin

      May 27, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      🙂 Amen lol

  4. ezekwere precious

    May 27, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    i dont know how much they paid you for this but tells me that the 30 under 30 2016 is not yet out, thank you

  5. James

    May 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Inspiring stories! Nice to see different careers recognise in Africa.

  6. Leila

    May 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Tres belle Neku!

  7. UnidEntiFied

    May 27, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    This girl makes me so proud to be Nigerian. From one achievement to the other. She’s a proud Nigerian Star. Keep flying the flag. You and the 30s under 30 are leading a generation

  8. Private enterprise

    May 27, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    More ideas, more companies are what we need. Our generation 18-30 is going to be the change in Nigeria. We have moved beyond our parents dependence on government jobs and politics.

    • Jo!

      May 28, 2016 at 6:37 am

      I pray

  9. Truth

    May 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Hmmm …. Okay oh!

    Me, I no know the other people but you see Uneku Atawodi? I know am and her people. Google her Dad “Air Vice Marshall Salihu Atawodi”. After that come and explain to me why her name is on 30 under 30.

    She should give back all that money to the Nation, then she will really deserve to be on the list of 30 under 30. Until then … all this people that will be using the money that their parents stole from us to Shine, can miss we Nigerian’s with that bullshit. #TeamNoTappingIntoEvil #TeamLookBeforeYouBeingToHailPerson

    • Tayo

      May 30, 2016 at 4:16 am

      What a mean thing to say, if you have nothing good to say just say nothing at all. The girl’s independent success must now always be tied to her relative? Imagine if everyone went around having to pay for a relative’s accused sin, life won’t be very fair.
      Try to encourage not tear down.

    • Tayo

      May 30, 2016 at 4:32 am

      But also try to properly read before commenting sha! The list is not about money but future impact and contribution to society! The entrepreneurs on that list are ALL inspiring, including the ones with NO Fathers! Well done for covering people from different walks of life, and we are proud of our Nigerians!

  10. Kike

    May 28, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Very inspiring. Well done to our Nigerians on the cover!

  11. Keeks

    May 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Keep it up guys

  12. Obi

    June 7, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Lol how is fatoumata ba an entrepreneur ?

  13. kkay

    November 22, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Obinwanne is sitting ON TOP!!!
    You ‘re elder brother, Chike called my attention to your achievement. Just a few years ago you both came by my house before you travelled to SA for your first degree. Wow!!!
    Your mom would be so proud of you….and your Dad sure would be where he is in the great beyond.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tangerine Africa