Here it is, the most talked about FORBES AFRICA list; 30 of the brightest, hungriest and most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30. These are our cover stories in 10 years’ time, or maybe even sooner. The list is in no particular order.


Class of 2017 in numbers:

  • The average age of the class is 27
  • Women make up 33% of the class
  • The average age of women is 28.2 while the average age of men on the list is 26.4
  • 9 members on the list are from South Africa
  • 53% of nominees on the list are from Southern Africa while West and East Africa make up 23.3% each



Nasir Yammama | Founder, Verdant Agri-Tech | Country: Nigeria
Members of FORBES AFRICA’s 30 under 30 at Mesh Club in Johannesburg South Africa