Sarkodie Makes List Of Forbes Africa 30 Under 30

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Ghana’s King of Rap, Sarkodie has made it to Forbes Africa Under 30 in the creative arts industry. Sarkodie, born Michael Owusu Addo is the only Ghanaian in that list. He joins the likes of Thuso Mbedu, Maria Borges, Herieth Paul, Eddy Kamuanga Illunga, Nasty C, Wizkid, Davido and a few others as creatives from the continent who made the list.

The publication describes this year’s list as its most comprehensive yet, writing:

“The 2018 FORBES AFRICA Under 30 is our authentic and most definitive list of Africa’s most promising young change-makers. 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 – business, technology and creative. The 90 in total are challenging conventions and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, creatives and tech gurus.”

In May 2017, Forbes Africa listed Sarkodie among others in Africa’s Top 10 musicians.

Check out the list from below.


Thuso Mbedu, 26, South Africa.


Maria Borges, 25, Angola.


Herieth Paul, 22, Tanzania.


Eddy Kamuanga Illunga, 26, DRC.


Cassper Nyovest, 27, South Africa.

Rapper & Entrepreneur.

Stacey Gillian Abe, 27, Uganda.

Multidisciplinary Contemporary Artist.

Yemi Alade, 29, Nigeria.

Singer & Songwriter.

Falz, 27, Nigeria.

Rapper & Actor.

Orapeleng Moodutle, 29, South Africa.

Fashion Designer.

Nomzamo Mbatha, 27, South Africa.


Kwesta, 29, South Africa.

Rapper & Entrepreneur.

Davido, 25, Nigeria.

Singer & Songwriter.

Safia Elhillo, 27, Sudan.

Author & Poet.

Joyce Jacob, 28, Nigeria.

Founder: Joyce Jacob Beauty.

Shekhinah, 23, South Africa.

Singer & Songwriter.

Adebayo Oke-Lawal, 28, Nigeria.

Fashion Designer. Founder: Orange Culture.

Wizkid, 27, Nigeria.

Singer & Songwriter.

Koleka Putuma, 25, South Africa.

Poet & Author.

Nasty C, 21, South Africa.

Rapper & Producer.

Beverly Naya, 29, Nigeria.

Actress & Entrepreneur.

Simphiwe, 27, South Africa.

Visual Artist.

Rina Chunga-Kutama, 29, South Africa.

Fashion Designer.

Kemiyondo Coutinho, 28, Uganda.

Playwright, Actress, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur.

Sarkodie, 29, Ghana.

Rapper & Entrepreneur.

Mapeseka Koetie-Nyokong, 29, South Africa.

Actress & Entrepreneur.

Sonia Irabor, 28, Nigeria.

Writer, Filmmaker & Actress.

Tony Gum, 22, South Africa.

Visual Artist.

ANATII, 25, South Africa.

Producer, Writer, Director & Artiste.

Sasha Pieterse, 22, South Africa.

Actress & Singer/Songwriter.

Tania Omotayo, 26, Nigeria.

Model & Entrepreneur