Recently, Forbes Africa released the list of 30 under 30 entrepreneurs from Africa. According, to Forbes Africa the 30 under 30 2022 class care about being visionaries of change and catalyst for innovation. Forbes Africa also said that the most anticipated list on the continent was not just about commerce and clout, but ensuring that the young members involved represent well their countries and diverse, heterogenious Africa they want to serve.
The 30 under 30 2022 featured the best and brightest , but more importantly, the most resilient who taken the time to not only shine a light on the issues plaguing Africa’s growth in the pandemic era, as well as also working towards shifting the narrative, one tiny, tenacious step at a time. The list below shows the members featured on Forbes Africa 30 under 30.
ELSA MAJIMBO, 20,KENYA
COMEDIAN, AUTHOR AND SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER
Majimbo, the Nairobi born spent her days playing chess and attending college,was not aiming to be an internet sensation with her laughter-inducing, pared-down videos when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2 020. ”I made these videos to make myself laugh and then one day my friend told me that I had gone viral,” she told FORBES AFRICA. These videos became a sensation and made Majimbo a social media star. Two years on, Majimbo sits with over 2.5 million followers on her Instagram. During this year’s Forbes Under 30 Summit Africa, she said: “Growing up, I always knew I would be iconic. I didn’t know how I would do it, but I knew it would be done.” Once Majimbo’s videos broke the internet, she immediately informed the journalism institution she was attending and dropped out; she did not even inform her parents. “I think it was a relief for me because I always say this, I never like[d] school,” Majimbo says. Onset at the FORBES AFRICA 30 Under 30 photo shoot in Gaborone in April, Majimbo’s energy was infectious. “One thing people always get wrong about me though is that I am always happy. I have bad days too guys,” she laughs. At just 20years old,Majimbohas already graced the covers of Teen Vogue,Verified, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ South Africa. She has also been featured in Maison Valentino campaigns and has won‘entertainer of the year’ awards for both GQ South Africa and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA.
NKULULEKO LEHAPA,28, SOUTH AFRICA
FOUNDER, BUSANI CLOTHING ENTEPRISE/ BUSANIMEN STUDIOS
Nkululeko, a young Bsc Applied Maths and Economics student started working at Investec Private Bank in Sandton, Johannesburg, as a client support banker, so he could pay his own tuition fees and assist his mother.
“I worked afternoon and night shifts while studying full-time during the day,” Nkululeko Lehapa said.
“My biggest challenge was the fact that I could not afford formal wear (suits). I then decided to make my own formal work attire and received much attention for the quality and craftsmanship of my clothing.” And that how the Busanimen Studios was born. The marke tfor men’s tuxedos is not one that receives the most amount of attention in the fashion sector, but according an Under 30 adjudicator, Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, “this is an important industry”.
The list is so long you can view it on Forbes 30 under 30 2022.