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Victor Osimhen, Fireboy DML, Veekee James make Forbes Africa “30 Under 30” 2024 List

Victor Osimhen, Fireboy DML, Veekee James make Forbes Africa “30 Under 30” 2024 List


April 15, 2024

Forbes Africa will commemorate the tenth anniversary of its yearly 30 Under 30 list in its April/May 2024 issue. This demonstrates the talent pool on the African continent, home to the youngest people on the planet.

The list showcases youthful, audacious, and fearless leaders reshaping Africa in a variety of fields, including technology, healthcare, sports, education, entertainment, and the arts.

Athletes from Nigeria include singer-songwriter Adedamola Oyinlola Adefolahan (Fireboy DML), football player Victor Osimhen of the Super Eagles, Josiah Akinloye, founder and CEO of Mainlogix Technology, founder of Veekee James Ruth Erikan James, track and field athlete Tobi Amusan, and founder and CEO of FXKudi Abioye Oyetunji.

Other Africans on the list include South African singer-songwriter Tyla Laura Seethal, founder, of Trigershot Engineering Peace Wutawunashe, director and founder of Africa Afya Healthcare Kenneth M. Njeru, co-founder and CTO of Ramani Calvin Usiri and more.

The Under 30 curator Chanel Retief led the editorial team that sifted through over a thousand applications this year to select the finalists.

The panel of independent external judges and subject-matter experts included Mo Abudu, Kate Kallot, Chris Maurice, Tlaleng Mofokeng, Helena Ndume, Desiree Ellis, and former Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 alumni. In late 2023, the assessment procedure got underway with the backing of SNG Grant Thornton, the audit partner.

Here’s what the managing editor of Forbes Africa, Renuka Methil had to say, “For a decade, we have unpacked the unmistakable potential and story of Africa’s youth. And Forbes Africa’s 10th 30 Under 30 list too has ambition and adrenaline packed into this special issue.

These purpose-minded 20-something achievers are on the way up, overcoming the odds in their quest to become tomorrow’s titans and billionaires, making a huge difference in the countries, companies, and communities they serve.”