The fifth annual Forbes Africa 30-under-30 list has been released. It featured 120 accomplished pace-setters across business, technology, creatives and sport. Interestingly, Nigerians dominate the 30 Africans under 30 in technology list. One third of the people on the list are from the West African country. These are the 10 Nigerians named in the list of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 Africans in tech.
Evans Akanna is the founder and CEO of creative and digital platform Cregital. The company builds websites and platforms for African startups and corporate. In 2018, he founded tech platform Farmkart. This platform enables people to become involved in agriculture by investing in fish farming. At the 2018 Nigeria Technology Awards, he was recognized as the Tech Young Achiever of the Year, according to Face2FaceAfrica.
Trained lawyer Fred Ayetayo was attracted to the digital space and decided to found Fresible in 2012. The company provides services such as website development, software development, digital marketing, and events management. Fresible has trained more than 60 individuals in entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and web development. In August 2018, the company launched Dlaw.ng, a web application. The application uses artificial intelligence to provide legal services to small businesses in Nigeria, according to LinkedIn.
Damilola Olokesusi is the 29-year-old co-founder and CEO of Shuttlers Logistics Company. Shuttlers is a Lagos-based startup that uses web and mobile app tech. It enable users to book trips along fixed routes at 60-80 percent less than ride-hailing services. Olokesusi and her co-founder used their savings to start the company after her sister was robbed on her way to work by armed men disguised as public bus drivers, Forbes reports.
Josh Okpata and Tochukwu Mbanugo
Josh Okpata, 27 and Tochukwu Mbanugo, 29, are the co-founders behind successful startup Eazyhire. Eazyhire is a digital peer-to-peer sharing platform that enables individuals and businesses to rent items. The business has processed over 60,000 transactions. It is projected to get to 100,000 by the end of 2019, earning these two entrepreneurs recognition by Forbes as game-changing Africans in tech. Eazyhire was awarded the Nigerian Technology Startup of 2016 accolade by the Nigerian Internet Registration Association, according to Techpoint.
Chinedu is one of the Nigerians that made it to the list. Twenty-nine-year-old Chinedu Azodoh is the co-founder and chief growth officer for Max.ng. Max.ng is a Nigerian motorcycle transportation and delivery app operating across Nigeria. Azodoh and Adetayo Bamiro, his co-founder, came up with the idea for the company as part of an assignment while studying at MIT Sloan School, Massachusetts. The app recently raised $7 million to expand into Ghana and Ivory Coast, according to a press release.
Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi
Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi is the 28-year-old Nigerian co-founder and managing director of eTrash2Cash; the social enterprise that uses a tech-enabled platform to exchange waste for money. Waste is gotten and arranged well. It is now processed and then recycled into products; such as organic compost from food wastes; raw material pellets from plastic wastes, and tissue paper from paper waste, according to TheGuardian.
Silas Adekunle is the 26-year-old co-founder and CEO of Reach Robotics. Reach Robotics is a robotics firm that created the world’s first augmented reality gaming robot in 2017. That accomplishment led to the company securing $7.5 million in investments, according to Techcrunch. Passionate about education, Adekunle recently launched a robotics and engineering pilot program in Nigeria. He plans to expand it to other African countries.
Joshua Chibueze, Somto Ifezue, and Odunayo Eweniyi
All under the age of 30, PiggyVest co-founders Joshua Chibueze, Somto Ifezue, and Odunayo Eweniyi made this Forbes list of Africans in tech. The three entrepreneurs met at Covenant University in Nigeria. They started working together on a digital job site called pushcv.com in 2014. In 2016, they founded PiggyVest. PiggyVest is a fintech platform for online savings and investing. It says it has helped more than 230,000 African Millenials save more than $15 million, according to BlackEnterprise.
Twenty-nine-year-old Uka Eje is the CEO of Thrive Agric. The platform is an agritech company that works with smallholder farmers in Nigeria to give them access to finance; giving financial help to over 15,000 farmers across Nigeria. The startup took part in Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program. In March, it was announced as one of the startups that will be part of Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator‘s 2019 winter batch along with 22 other companies, according to Techhawk.
Chika is one of the Nigerians that made it to the list. He is the co-founder and CEO of Greymate Care. It is a digital platform that connects patients that need 24-hour care to an insured and professional caregiver. She launched the business in 2016 after struggling to find a well-trained and competent caregiver through available means. Madubuko is now considering expansion into Kenya and South Africa. The startup CEO was a finalist in the She Leads Africa Accelerator 2017 program.