It is no longer news that Forbes Africa has released their yearly list of under 30 individuals that are making waves in the areas of business, technology, and creativity in Africa.
We were super excited that 29 Nigerians made it to the 2018 edition of the Forbes Africa under 30 lists. Of these 29 young individuals, 11 are women who are doing amazing things in tech, beauty, fashion, business entertainment and the likes.
These women are said to be challenging conventions and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, creatives, and tech gurus.
According to Forbes Africa:
“This year is our fourth edition of the list and for the first time, inspired by the growing number of young men and women entrepreneurs, we have expanded it to bring you 30 game-changers, all under the age of 30, in each of the three sectors. The 90 in total are challenging conventions and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, creative and tech gurus.”
The list is divided into three categories, Creative, Technology, and Business and here are 11 Nigerian Women who made it to each category.
1.Tania Omotayo, 26, Nigeria.
Model & Entrepreneur.
Tania Omotayo is a model and an entrepreneur. She is the creative director of Ziva Lagos, fast-growing fashion brand.
2.Sonia Irabor, 28, Nigeria.
Writer, Filmmaker & Actress.
28-year old Sonia is the daughter of media moguls Soni and Betty Irabor, She is a writer, filmmaker, and actress. She is currently the Editor of Genevieve Magazine.
3.Beverly Naya, 29, Nigeria.
Actress & Entrepreneur.
Beverly Naya is an award-winning actress and budding entrepreneur. She studied script-writing and film-making at the University of Roehampton in the UK before relocating to Nigeria to join the Nigerian film industry
4. Joyce Jacob, 28, Nigeria.
Founder, Joyce Jacob Beauty
Celebrity Makeup artiste, Joyce is the founder of Joyce Jacob Beauty, which launched in 2009. She has worked on the sets of many local and international music videos, magazine photo shoots and TV commercials.
5.Yemi Alade, 29, Nigeria.
Singer & Songwriter.
Yemi Alade is no doubt a multi-talented artist who uses her music to promote the African Culture. She gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009. Yemi also sings in multiple languages including; English, French, Swahili, Portuguese and Pidgin English.
6. Ink Eze, 28, Nigeria.
If you constantly stalk AsoebiBella for Owambe styles and Nigerian weddings then you have Ink Eze to thank for that.
Eze is the founder of Aso Ebi Bella, an online community connecting traditional fashion enthusiasts with SMEs in the fashion, beauty and wedding industry primarily in Nigeria with growing interests across Africa and beyond.
7. Maya Horgan Famodu, 27, Nigeria
Maya Famodu is the brains behind Ingressive, a tech integration company that provides market entry services and tech research for corporates and investors. She also founded Ingressive Capital, a multi-million dollar venture fund focused on early-stage African tech.
8. Gozie Coker, 29, Nigeria
Founder, Coker Creative
Coker is the ultimate planner who owns a boutique event company and has executed events for private and corporate clients in Nigeria and internationally since he launched four years ago.
9. Kene Rapu, 28, Nigeria
Founder, Kene Rapu
Kene Rapu launched her first product line, ‘Slippers by Kene’ in 2011. She uses locally-sourced materials to make slippers and sandals.
10. Bidemi Zakariyau, 28, Nigeria
Bidemi is the founder of LSF|PR, a public relations agency based in Lagos. Growing up, Bidemi acquired skills in project management, sales and communications from her father, who built a taxi service and real estate company from nothing. Her father convinced her to study law and she interned in law firms but she stopped to follow her passion in media.
11. Anita Adetola Adetoye, 26, Nigeria
Founder, Anita Brows Beauty
26-year old founder of Anita Brows Beauty, popularly known as ‘Anita Brows’, is an Irish-Nigerian professional makeup artist, beauty educator, and entrepreneur. With over seven years of experience, she has built an award-winning brand, creating jobs for young Nigerians.