Since 2012, The Forbes 30 Under 30 list has recognized the brightest entrepreneurs, innovators and game-changers under the age of 30 who are transforming business as usual and changing the world.
There are twenty categories of thirty individuals selected in each industry. Selecting these youthful visionaries is a year-round obsession for Forbes: Typically, they vet thousands of nominations, leaning on the collective wisdom of the online community, ace reporters and a panel of A-list judges.
For the year 2018, here are the Nigerians who made the list.
1. Ebele Ifedigbo
Category: Social Entrepreneur
Ebele is a co-founder of the Hood Incubator. It was in Oakland in response to moves to legalize cannabis across the country, The Hood Incubator helps transition underground cannabis sellers to legal markets. They believe that it is an integral time to mobilize low-income people and people of color, who have disproportionately been impacted by the war on drugs, to ensure that they receive the maximum positive economic benefits of shifting drug policies.
2. Ade Adesanya
Like Ebele, Ade is also a co-founder of Moving Analytics. Heart patients need help. Getting them moving can prevent costly readmissions and dire health consequences. Ade Adesanya and Shuo Qiao’s Moving Analytics partnered with Stanford to deliver cardiac rehab via a smartphone. They’ve raised $2 million.
3. Wonda Gurl
Ebony Oshunrinde, better known as Wondagurl, notched her first credit producing “Crown” for Jay-Z at just 16, before going on to help craft songs for Drake, Rihanna and Big Sean. She snagged a Casio keyboard at 8 and taught herself how to make music before winning the 2012 Battle of The Beat Makers competition in Toronto, Canada, at 15.
4. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
Category: Enterprise Technology
Iyinoluwa is the co-founder at Flutterwave. He co-founded two successful startups in Africa before launching Flutterwave in 2017. With $15.7 million in funding, the payments company is empowering Pan-African merchants to execute business on a global scale, processing $1.2 billion in transactions so far. Aboyeji’s previous startup Andela, gained attention when the venture received $24 million in funding from Mark Zuckerberg.
5. Iyore Olaye
Category: Retail and E-Commerce
Olaye is the lead product development engineer at Walker and Company, the tech company creating beauty products for people of colour, including men’s grooming brand Bevel and haircare line FORM. She leads R&D and is known for strong technical abilities and marketing talent.