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Rema, Five Other Nigerians Make Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 List

 Popular Nigerian musician, Divine Ikubor, also known as Rema, made the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 List for 2021 Africa Young Innovators and Risk-Takers in a pandemic Year


Five other Nigerians also made list alongside one Ghanaian, 13 South African, two Ugandans, two Kenyans, and one Namibian.

Others are two innovators from Zimbabwe, one each from Malawi, Zambia and Cape Verde.

Those who made the list in Nigeria are Ifan Ifeanyi Michael, a creative artist & filmmaker; Timilehin Bello, CEO and Founder of Media Panache; Temidayo Oniosun, Founder of Space in Africa; Amarachi Nwosu, self-taught visual artist, storyteller, and CEO of Melanin Unscripted; Divine Ikubor (Rema) Musician, and Wale Lawal, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Republic.

Timilehin said, “Here today, I’m very honoured to have been listed on the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Africa list. It’s a big win not just for me but for the amazing team at Media Panache.

“It’s been a turbulent year for businesses and startups especially in Africa but through it all, we have trudged on with passion and grit. And this award has proved that although it was hard, it was worth it.”

Announced on June 1 and in its seventh year, the 2021 list features those touted as ground-breaking young entrepreneurs and thinkers.

They are all influential creatives, imaginative business owners, innovative techies, and gifted sports stars, who are leading the charge in building brands, creating jobs and transforming the continent.

The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list for 2021:

  1. Cleo Johnson, South Africa, founder and director of NUECLEO
  2. Timilehin Bello, Nigeria, CEO and founder of Media Panache
  3. Lebohang Moeletsi Phadi, South Africa, CEO of Basadi Logistics
  4. Sepenica Darko, Ghana, founder of FarmerTribe Company
  5. Deborah Mutwemwa, Zambia – South Africa, founder and CEO Tsumbo Scott Incorporated
  6. Bontle Tshole, South Africa, CEO and founder of BAAA Health
  7. Brian Kakembo, Uganda, founder, and CEO of Weye Clean Energy Co. Ltd
  8. Hertzy Kabeya, DRC – South Africa, founder and CEO of The Student Hub
  9. Temidayo Oniosun, Nigeria, founder of Space in Africa
  10. Felix Byaruhanga, Uganda, founder of Skyline media and Management LTD
  11. Harrykrishna Niadassen Poonoosamy Padiachy, Mauritius, founder of NKH Energy
  12. Shakemore Timburwa, Zimbabwe, founder of Energy Plus
  13. Mihlali Ndamase, South Africa, creative and digital influencer
  14. Amarachi Nwosu, Nigerian self-taught visual artist, storyteller, and CEO of Melanin Unscripted
  15. Divine Ikubor (also known as Rema), Nigeria, musician
  16. Reinhard Mahalie, Namibia, fashion stylist and founder of RM Fashion Styling
  17. Tendai Kevin Zhou, Zimbabwe, founder of VP Hostings
  18. Kabelo Motha (also known as Kabza De Small), South Africa, producer and DJ
  19. Kgaogelo Moagi (also known as Master KG), South Africa, music artist and producer
  20. Ifan Ifeanyi Michael, Nigeria, Creative artist and filmmaker
  21. Li-Chi Pan, South Africa, art director and digital influencer; founder of Li Chi Pan Studios
  22. Hayze Engola, Malawi, musician, creative, and founder of KNQR Investments
  23. Wale Lawal, Nigeria, founder and editor-in-chief of The Republic
  24. Tilka Paljk, Zambia, swimmer
  25. Lukhanyo Am, South Africa, rugby player
  26. James Kang’aru MwangI, Kenya, founder and CEO of Epitome School of Chess
  27. Julio “Beast” Bianchi, South Africa, e-gamer, FIFA Player
  28. Cheslin Kolbe, South Africa, rugby player
  29. Thabo Moloi, South Africa, e-gamer, FIFA Player
  30. Antonio Depina, Cape Verde, founder, Overseas Basketball Connection, Praia League


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