Forbes Releases 2018’S 30 Under 30 List: Davido, Wizkid, Falz, Yemi Alade, Others Make List

Wizkid, Yemi Alade & Davido

Yemi Alade, Wizkid, and Davido are among the 27 Nigerians that made the cut in Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 2018 list.

With a list of 90 young entrepreneurs across three sectors, Nigerians made up close to one third of the honourees.

Forbes termed the honourees as having the “fire and fury to change the world”.

The sectors recognized in the 2018 list are creatives, business, and technology.

This year’s list saw Nigerian artistes, actors and actresses, models, filmmakers, and fashion designers being celebrated by Forbes as the driving force in the Nigerian creative industry.

The honourees include actor-artiste Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, Joyce Jacob, founder of Joyce Jacob Beauty, fashion designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal, actress Beverly Naya, Sonia Irabor, and Tania Omotayo.

The business category had eight Nigerians collecting accolades.


The recognized businessmen and women include Ladipo Lawani, founder, L&L Foods; Emmanuel Ademola Ayilara, 29, founder, LanaWey Investment Limited; Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, 28, founder, FalGates and Anita Adetola Adetoye, 26, founder, Anita Brows Beauty.

Akinwande Durojaye, 28, founder, JustBrandIt; FixMyRide and co-founder, FueledUp; LashBells; Bidemi Zakariyau, 28, founder, LSF|PR; Kene Rapu, 28, founder, Kene Rapu and Gozie Coker, 29, founder, Coker Creative.

Eleven Nigerians outshined in the technology category.

The honourees include Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi, 27, co-founder, SureGifts and director, SureRemit; Mahmood Oyewo, 26, co-founder, RubiQube; Chris Kwekowe, 25, & Emerald Kwekowe, 21, founders, Slatecube and Sunkanmi Ola, 22, founder, Syracuse Digital.

Others are Kola Olajide, 26, co-founder, Bridge Labs; Leonard Stiegeler, 29, co-founder, Zanda, Jumia and director, Ringer Africa AG; Timothy Adeleye, 29, founder, Optiweb Communications; Maya Horgan Famodu, 27, founder, Ingressive; Ink Eze, 28, founder, AsoEbiBella and Obinna Okwodu, 27, founder, Fibre.

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