Ace rapper and label exec, Sarkodie, is one of 30 names published by FORBES AFRICA as among the continent’s top 30 Under 30 creatives this year.

The list sees the 29-year-old named among other entertainment icons as WizKid, Cassper Nyovest, Yemi Alade, Davido, Nasty C among others.

An official statement from the outfit reads: “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”.

Well-decorated and author of multiple bestselling albums, Sarkodie ranks among elite music acts on the continent, and is recipient of many laurels including VGMA Awards, a BET,  4Syte TV Music Video Awards,  The Headies, National Youth Achievement Awards, MOBO Awards, Channel O Music Video Awards among others.


Full list below. 

Thuso Mbedu, 26, South Africa.


Maria Borges, 25, Angola.

Supermodel.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

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