Forbes Africa recently released its prestigious 30 Under 30 list for 2023, recognising young and innovative Africans making a significant impact in their respective fields. Dubbed “The Newest Self-Made Young Innovators and Leaders Scripting a New Vision for Africa,” this year’s list recognises the outstanding accomplishments of 30 “multi-tasking multi-hyphenate entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders” who are driving Africa’s progress on their terms. Among them are seven Nigerians who have caught everyone’s attention with their exceptional talent and hard work. These young talents have shown that it is possible to make a significant impact in any field with dedication and perseverance. We can only hope their achievements inspire future generations of Africans to pursue their dreams and make a difference in their communities.
Temilade Openiyi (aka Tems): 27 years
Tems is a talented Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer who has taken the Nigerian and global music industries by storm. Born Temilade Openiyi, she is known for her soulful voice and unique sound that blends R&B, Afrobeats, and alternative music. She recently won her first-ever Grammy award.
Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe (aka Ayra Starr): 20 years
Ayra Starr is another talented Nigerian singer who has quickly become one of the most sought-after artists in the country. She signed with Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records in 2020 and released her self-titled debut EP in 2021, which features hit songs such as “Away” and “Sare.” Ayra Starr’s music is a fusion of Afrobeats, R&B, and soul; her lyrics often touch on themes of love, empowerment, and self-discovery.
Abiri Oluwabusayo Khloe: 29 years
Khloe is a popular media personality and fashion influencer who rose to fame after participating in the reality TV show Big Brother Naija. Born Abiri Oluwabusayomi, Khloe has leveraged her platform to launch her fashion and beauty line, Koko by Khloe. She has also become a vocal advocate for body positivity and mental health awareness.
Hansel Ndu Okeke: 28 years
Hansel Ndu Okeke is a 28-year-old entrepreneur who has made a name for himself in the tech industry. He is the co-founder and CEO of Weevil Company, a tech consulting company focused on data analytics and digital transformation for organisations. He has led Weevil on to carry out large projects with far-reaching impacts for both local and international government agencies.
Germain Ndu-Okeke: 24 years
Germain Ndu-Okeke is the co-founder and Chief Operation Officer of Weevil Company. At just 24, he and his brother Hansel are making a name for themselves by taking on challenging projects and focusing on delivering impactful solutions.
Asisat Oshoala: 28 years
Asisat Oshoala is a professional footballer striker for Spanish Liga F club FC Barcelona and the Nigeria women’s national team.
She is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most celebrated African female footballers of all time and has won the African Women’s Footballer of the Year award a record five times.
Blessing Abeng: 28 years
Blessing Abeng is the co-founder and Director of Communications at Ingressive for Good, an organisation that helps African youth access opportunities. She is also a branding and communications expert who has worked with several leading brands across industries.