In a world where ‘nepotism babies’ have become commonplace and uninspired, the notion of ‘self-made’ is acquiring new meaning and respect. These young achievers are starting from scratch to build businesses and brands that are totally solutions-oriented. For this coveted ninth annual edition of the FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 list, Forbes newest class of multi-tasking multi-hyphenate entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders show how they will grow human capital, put a dent in issues and lead Africa’s future – on their own terms.

Dr Wedu Tose Somolekae, 29, Botswana – Founder, Medi-Glow Aesthetics
Industry: Aesthetic medicine

Rosalia Nghitalesheni Joseph, 28, Namibia – Regional Coordinator, Women in Vector Control (WIVC), Central and Southern Africa
Industry: Medical entomologist/public researcher

Temilade Openiyi / ‘Tems’, 27, Nigeria – Singer-songwriter
Industry: Music and Entertainment

Dr Olivier Uwishema, 29, Rwanda – Founder, Oli Health Magazine Organization (OHMO)
Industry: Medicine/Research

Khethokuhle ‘Kay Yarms’ Ngonyama, 29, South Africa – Beauty Influencer
Industry: Content creation

Lethabo ‘Focalistic’ Sebetso, 26, South Africa – Rapper
Industry: Music and Entertainment

Joel Embiid, 29, Cameroon – Center for Philadelphia 76ers National Basketball Association
Industry: Professional Basketball Player

Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe / ‘Ayra Starr’, 20, Benin/Nigeria – Singer
Industry: Music and Entertainment

Nompumelelo ‘Mpoomy’ Ledwaba, 29, South Africa – Entrepreneur/Digital Creator
Industry: Digital Marketing

Yvette Ishimwe, 25, Rwanda – Founder and CEO, Iriba Water Group
Industry: Water Solutions

Oluwabusayo Victoria Abiri. 29, Nigeria – Founder and CEO, Koko By Khloe
Industry: Beauty and Skincare

Hansel Ndu Okeke, 28, Nigeria – Co-founder and CEO, Weevil Company
Industry: Technology

Germain Ndu-Okeke, 24, Nigeria – Co-founder and Chief Operation Officer, Weevil Company
Industry: Technology

Asisat Oshoala, 28, Nigeria – Striker for Spanish Liga F club FC Barcelona and the Nigeria women’s national team
Industry: Professional Footballer

Jacques Jordaan, 27, South Africa – Co-founder and Director, Specno
Industry: Entrepreneur/Technology

Blessing Joel Abeng, 28, Nigeria – Co-founder and Director of Communications, Ingressive For Good
Industry: Branding and Communications

Jessica Mshama, 27, Tanzania – Founder and CEO, Nakua Na Taifa Langu, Director of Assumpter Digital Schools
Industry: Entrepreneur/Social Impact

Dricus ‘Still Knocks’ du Plessis, 29, South Africa – Professional mixed martial artist in Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Industry: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Koaile Monaheng, 29, Lesotho – Associate Director and Shareholder, Khantљa Energy
Industry: Renewable Energy

Isaack Damian Buhiye, 28, Tanzania – CEO, Firm 23 Limited
Industry: Digital Enterprise Solutions

Emmanuel Whajah, 29, Ghana – Creative Director, Videographer and owner of Emzy Production Films
Industry: Film and entertainment

Cheslin Denman, 29, South Africa – Managing Director and Co-Founder, Trustlink Africa Hub
Industry: Fintech

Mhlengi Mluleki Ngcobo, 28, South Africa – Founder and CEO, CoffeeMM
Industry: Agriculture

Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni, 29, South Africa – Chief Operation Officer, Green Development Foundation
Industry: Sustainability

Cody Gordon, 26, South Africa – Co-founder and CEO, CG Technology Group (be frank, Constructive Candor and It’sOk)
Industry: Mental Health Technology

Thembi Kgatlana, 26, South Africa – A Forward for NWSL club Racing Louisville FC and the South Africa women’s national team
Industry: Professional Football

Mohammed Kudus, 22, Ghana – Attacking midfielder for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Ghana national team
Industry: Professional Football

Sharva Hassamal, 29, Mauritius – Founder, Portage Labs
Industry: Information Technology

Mutethia Mbaabu, 29, Kenya – Co-founder and CEO, MarketForce
Industry: E-Commerce

Alessandrio Bergman, 29, South Africa – Founder, SYNC Model Management
Industry: Fashion and Marketing

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