Ghana’s Henry Amponsah of 101 Clothing makes Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 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.

The 120 Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 Honorees for 2019 are:


1. Bruce Diale, 29, South Africa, Founder & Managing Director of Brucol Global Development

2. Terence Mathe, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) PBC

3. Mariam Manack , 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of iTrain

4. Khanyisile Madonko-Nderezina, 25, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder and CEO of Sakhile Madonko Enterprises

5. Isaac Mbatha, 28, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Sky Tents SA

6. Sadaam Suleiman, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Managing Director of DragonflyLimited

7. Adeniyi Omotayo, 28, Nigeria, Founder & CEO Betensured Group

8. David Kyalo, 29, Kenya, Founder & CEO Koncepts & Events Ltd

9. Ogechukwu Anugo-Obah, 28, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Bodylikemilk

10. Dorn Ndlovu, 26, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Entrepreneur Blue Print Africa

11. Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Tshimong

12. Sydney Sam, 26, Ghana, Founder & CEO of Workspace Global

13. Shirlene Nafula, 27, Kenya, Founder & CEO of Crystal River Products

14. Kgahlego Rasebotsa, 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of Interior Bubble

15. Kimani Adam, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & CEO of Nature Expeditions Destination Management

16. Ijeoma Balogun, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Managing Director of Redrick PR

17. Bright Jaja, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of iCreate Africa

18. Jesse Carlton Happy Ndongo, 28, Cameroon, Founder of Easy Group

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19. Henrich Akomolafe, 26, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Akotex Nigeria Limited

20. Lesego Mokae, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder of Ditsogo Projects

21. Oginni Tolulope , 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Transfurd Limited

22. Theo Baloyi, 29, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Bathu Swag

23. Avthar Aniruth, 21, South Africa, Founder and Executive Producer of Audience Networks

24. Barbara Okereke, 28, Nigeria, Cake Designer, Founder & Managing Director of Oven Secret Limited

25. Jessica Anuna, 27, Nigeria , Founder & CEO of Klasha

26. Charles Edosomwan, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Strategist of TekSight Edge Limited

27. Charmaine Mbatha, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder Millennial Business Administrators

28. Shaney Vijendranath, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & CEO of Vimage Media

29. Adetola Nola, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO Veritasi Properties Limited

30. Caleb Stephen David, 27, South Africa, Founder & CEO of Versatile Commodity Traders


1. Clarence Munyai, 21, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

2. Patricia Apolot, 28, Uganda, Kickboxer

3. Jean Sseninde, 26, Uganda, Footballer & CEO

4. Luvo Manyonga, 28, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

5. Mohamed Salah, 26, Egypt, Footballer

6. Sadio Mane, 27, Senegal, Footballer

7. Wayde Van Nierkerk, 26, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

8. Chad Le Clos, 27, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

9. Francine Niyonsaba, 26, Burundi, Track & Field Athlete

10. Margaret Nyaireira Wambui, 23, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete

11. Akani Simbine, 26, South Africa, Track & Field Athlete

12. Genzebe Dibaba, 28, Ethiopia, Track & Field Athlete

13. Pierre Aubameyang, 29, Gabon, Footballer

14. Thembi Kgatlana, 23, South Africa, Footballer

15. Siya Kolisi, 27, South Africa, Footballer

16. Sabrina Simader, 21, Kenya, Alpine Skier

17. Quinton De Kock, 26, South Africa, Cricketer

18. Alex Iwobi, 23, Nigeria, Footballer

19. Aphiwe Dyantyi, 24, South Africa, Rugby Player

20. Percy Tau, 25, South Africa, Footballer

21. Ruhan Van Rooyen, 25, South Africa, Paralympic Athlete

22. Emmanuel Korir, 24, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete

23. Beatrice Chepkoech, 24, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete

24. Giana Lofty, 24, Egypt, Martial Arts Practioner

25. Caster Semenya, 24, South Africa, Track & Field

26. Kagiso Rabada, 24, South Africa, Cricketer

27. Sarah Ahmed, 21, Egypt, Weightlifter

28. Jacob Kiplimo, 18, Uganda, Track & Field Athlete

29. Faith Kipyegon, 25, Kenya, Track & Field Athlete

30. Gerson Domingos, 23, Angola, Basketballer


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

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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 &

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 &

17. Hermann Kamte, 27, Cameroon, Architect, Founder & CEO of Hermann Kamte &

18. Helen Chukwu, 25, Nigeria, Fashion Designer, Founder & CEO of Helen

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

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


1. Nthabiseng Mosia, 28, South Africa, Co-Founder & CMO of Easy Solar

2. Evans Akanno, 29, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Cregital

3. Micheal Paul Mollel, 29, Tanzania, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of
Jimz Technologies Co. Ltd

4. Nureshka Viranna, 27, South Africa, Co-Founder & Director of Shopli

5. Jacob Rugano, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & Director of AfricarTrack

6. Fred Oyetayo, 25, Nigeria, Founder & CEO of Fresible

7. Alpha Nury, 29, Senegal, Founder & CEO of Jamaa Funding

8. Hansley Noruthun, 27, Mauritius, Founder of Mauritius Space & Science

9. Schizzo Thompson, 29, Malawi, Founder & Managing Director of Sky Energy

10. Wilford Mwanza, 29, Zimbabwe, Founder & CEO of Fordolutions

11. Vèna Arielle Ahouansou, 25, Benin, Co-Founder & CEO of KEA Medicals

12. Damilola Olokesusi, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Shuttlers Logistics

13. Diana Esther Wangari,, 27, Kenya, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer of

14. Chinedu Azodoh, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer of Metro
Africa Xpress (MAX)

15. Shaun Benjamin, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Simba Solutions

16. Matthew Piper, 25 and Karidas Tshintsholo, 24, South Africa, Founders of
Khula App

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17. Courtney Bentley, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & CEO of Visibility

18. Josh Okpata, 27, Tochukwu Mbanugo, 29, Nigeria, Founders of Eazyhire

19. Muhammed Salisu Abdullahi, 28, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Managing Director
of eTrash2Cash

20. Silas Adekunle, 26, Nigeria, Founder of Reach Robotics

21. Joshua Chibueze, 26, Somto Ifezue, 28 and Odunayo Eweniyi, 26, Nigeria,
Founders of PiggyVest

22. Uka Eje, 29, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Thrive Agric

23. Melissa Mwale, 29, Zimbabwe, Founder of Hive Incorporation & Co-Founder
of CryptoGem

24. Eric Muli, 27, Kenya, Founder & CEO of Odyssey Capital

25. Eric Rutayisire, 28, Rwanda, Founder & CEO of Charis UAS

26. Khalid Machchate, 26, Wissal Farsal, 27, Morocco, Founders of K&W

27. Siyabonga Thomas Tiwana, 29 & Tyrone Adams, 28, South Africa, Founders
of Skywalk Innovations

28. Chika Madubuko, 27, Nigeria, Co-Founder & CEO of Greymate Care

29. Dorcas Owinoh, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Director of LakeHub

30. Marnus van Heerden, 29, Matthew Smith 26, Ndabenhle Ngulube, 28, South
Africa, Founders of Pineapple App

Official Celebration Partner of this year’s Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up, House of BNG, gifted all 120 Forbes Africa 2019 Under 30 list-makers a special bottle of House of BNG Méthode Cap Classique to toast their 2019 title with Bonang Matheba herself, doing the honours.

Attendees can now look forward to a day set to tackle many real-world issues and opportunities, with sessions ranging from business idea generation and identifying market prospects, to ascertaining funding channels and getting first-hand advice from some of the continent’s most successful minds including:

– MOHAMMED DEWJI, President of MeTL Group and Africa’s youngest billionaire

– South African Fashion Designer GERT-JOHAN COETZEE

– LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU, Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources Group

– MARNUS BROODRYK, Founder and CEO of The Beancounter

– SYLVESTER CHAUKE, Founder of DNA Brand Architects

– Founder and President of, GARETH CLIFF

– Multimedia Visual Artist TREVOR STUURMAN

– Founder/CFO of the Sierra Leone-based solar energy company EasySolar, NTHABISENG MOSIA

– POLO LETEKA, Executive Director at IDF Capital

Tasty and refreshing, PURA Soda will be keeping delegates and speakers well re-energized as the Official Refreshment Partner, whilst MSTARR Productions will be the Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up’s Official AV Partner. Proudly South African Bathu, will be ensuring the Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up crew will be decked out in the latest footwear. Helping to spread the word is Yfm as the Official Radio Partner.

The 2019 FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 edition will hit shelves on Monday, 1 July and will be available at leading retailers and where good magazines are read.

For further information, follow @Under30MeetUp and #Under30MeetUp on Twitter.

The FORBES AFRICA Under 30 Meet-Up is produced and managed by ABN Event Productions.


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