Ghanaian rapper, Michael Owusu Addo, known in showbiz as Sarkodie, has made Ghana proud once again as he is the only Ghanaian to be named in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for the creative arts sector in Africa this year.
The fourth edition of Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list was compiled across different industries including music, art, media, film and fashion. After naming him in the same category in 2014 and 2015, Forbes Africa also named Sarkodie among others in Africa’s Top 10 musicians in 2017.
Ghana’s West African counterpart Nigeria, however, had nine personalities named in the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list including Wizkid, Davido, Yemi Alade, Falz.
Read below the statement that was put on the their website. “The 2018 FORBES AFRICA Under 30 is our authentic and most definitive list of Africa’s most promising young change-makers.
This year is our fourth edition of the list and for the first time, inspired by the growing number of young men and women entrepreneurs, we have expanded it to bring you 30 game-changers, all under the age of 30, in each the three sectors – business, technology and creative.
The 90 in total are challenging conventions and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, creatives and tech gurus. “We put in months of rigorous research, sifting through over 600 nominations, vetting them for weeks, verifying and investigating them.
We favored entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, revenue, location, potential, struggles, social impact and resilience. A panel of judges then debated the final 90. You may not know many of their names now and they may not be richest people in Africa, but they could be the billionaires of tomorrow gracing our future covers. This compilation is exciting, inspiring and offers a sneak peek into Africa’s future. Meet the class of 2018. The list is in no particular order,” Forbes Africa explained.
In no particular order, find the full list below:
Thuso Mbedu, 26, South Africa – Actress
Maria Borges, 25, Angola – Supermodel
Herieth Paul, 22, Tanzania – Supermodel
Eddy Kamuanga Illunga, 26, DRC – Painter
Cassper Nyovest, 27, South Africa – Rapper & Entrepreneur
Stacey Gillian Abe, 27, Uganda – Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist
Yemi Alade, 29, Nigeria – Singer & Songwriter
Falz, 27, Nigeria – Rapper & Actor
Orapeleng Moodutle, 29, South Africa – Fashion Designer
Nomzamo Mbatha, 27, South Africa – Actress
Kwesta, 29, South Africa – Rapper & Entrepreneur
Davido, 25, Nigeria – Singer & Songwriter
Safia Elhillo, 27, Sudan – Author & Poet
Joyce Jacob, 28, Nigeria – Founder
Joyce Jacob Beauty. Shekhinah, 23, South Africa – Singer & Songwriter
Adebayo Oke-Lawal, 28, Nigeria – Fashion Designer, Founder: Orange Culture
Wizkid, 27, Nigeria. Singer & Songwriter
Koleka Putuma, 25, South Africa – Poet & Author
Nasty C, 21, South Africa – Rapper & Producer
Beverly Naya, 29, Nigeria – Actress & Entrepreneur
Simphiwe, 27, South Africa – Visual Artist
Rina Chunga-Kutama, 29, South Africa – Fashion Designer
Kemiyondo Coutinho, 28, Uganda – Playwright, Actress, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur
Sarkodie, 29, Ghana – Rapper & Entrepreneur
Mapeseka Koetie-Nyokong, 29, South Africa – Actress & Entrepreneur
Sonia Irabor, 28, Nigeria – Writer, Filmmaker & Actress
Tony Gum, 22, South Africa – Visual Artist.
ANATII, 25, South Africa – Producer, Writer, Director & Artiste.
Sasha Pieterse, 22, South Africa – Actress & Singer/Songwriter.
Tania Omotayo, 26, Nigeria – Model & Entrepreneur