Monday, February 26, 2024

Zambian makes it on 2018 Forbes Africa Under 30



A Zambian businessman Mwiya Musokotwane has been named as one of Africa’s most influential individuals for the year 2018.

Mwiya, 28, who is Former Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane’s son is running Thebe Investment Management, a firm he founded with the help of his family.

The family is behind the development of the Nkwashi, a 3,100 acre mega project in Lusaka and currenty employs 80 people.

Every year, Forbes goes in search of some of the brightest young entrepreneurs, leaders and billionaires of tomorrow to be featured in its 30 Under 30 list across the world.

Forbes Africa, in its 2018 list, and for the first time, had over 90 young individuals in the continent across three industries – Business, Technology and Creative – in the list.

Music stars such as Wizkid, Davido, Sarkodie, Nasty C, Cassper Nyovest, Falz, Yemi Alade also made the list.

BN Alum and founder of AsoEbiBella Ink Eze, Kene Rapu, Gozie Coker of Coker Creative, and Bidemi Zakariyau of LSF|PR were also listed.

Fashion entrepreneurs Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture and Tania Omotayo of Ziva Lagos; beauty entrepreneurs Anita Adetola Adetoye of Anita Brows, Joyce Jacob were also named; actress Beverly Naya also made the list.

Mwiya Musokotwane

Full List of Honourees in Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 List for 2018
See full list below:

Yannick Nzonde, 29, DRC
Co-founder ATI Groupe
Leroy Mwasaru, 20, Kenya
Founder, Greenpact
Ladipo Lawani, 29, Nigeria
Founder, L&L Foods
Emmanuel Ademola Ayilara, 29, Nigeria
Founder, LanaWey Investment Limited
Mwiya Musokotwane, 28, Zambia
Founder, Thebe Investment Management
Nomvula Mhambi, 29, Zimbabwe
Founder, Disruptive Innovation
Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed Falalu, 28, Nigeria
Founder, FalGates
Roger Boniface, 29, South Africa
Founder, EDISIM
Gilbert Eugene Peters, 29, Zimbabwe
Founder, Spidex Media
Sihle Ndlela, 28, South Africa
Co-founder, Majozi Bros Construction
Vera Shaba, 29, South Africa
Founder, Shaba and Rampling; Green Building Solutions
Thomas Duncan, 28, Namiba
Owner, Anticor
Wesley Beneke, 29, South Africa
Founder, WCB Construction
Anita Adetola Adetoye, 26, Nigeria
Founder, Anita Brows Beauty
Akinwande Durojaye, 28, Nigeria
Founder, JustBrandIt; FixMyRide. Co-founder, FueledUp; LashBells
Samuelle Dimairho, 27, Zimbabwe
Co-founder, Chengetedzai Depository Company
Joey Friedman, 26, South Africa
Founder, LA Group of Companies
Zuko Tisani, 25, South Africa
Founder, Legazy Technology Conferencing
Gisela van Houcke, 27, DRC
Founder, Zuri Luxury Hair&Beauty
Bidemi Zakariyau, 28, Nigeria
Founder, LSF|PR
Zareef Minty, 24, South Africa
Founder, ZRF Holdings
Fred Apaloo, 28, Ghana
Founder, Villa Grace
Kene Rapu, 28, Nigeria
Founder, Kene Rapu
Jack Mthembu, 27, South Africa
Founder, First One Adventures
Reabetswe Ngwane, 25, South Africa
Co-founder, KreamFields
Anelisa Mntuyedwa, 28, South Africa
Founder, Gilbert Civils
Gozie Coker, 29, Nigeria
Founder, Coker Creative
Alexander Knieps, 27, South Africa
Founder, Printulu
Adam Amoussou, 27, Benin
Founder, Amosconsult Group
Nataliey Bitature, 28, Uganda
Co-founder, Musana Carts
Rivo Mhiari, 23, South Africa
Founder, Rikatec
Olaoluwa Samuel-Biyi, 27, Nigeria
Co-founder, SureGifts. Director, SureRemit
Isaya Yunge, 28, Tanzania
Founder, SomaApps Technologies Company Limited
Mahmood Oyewo, 26, Nigeria
Co-founder, RubiQube
Kevin Lubega, 28, Uganda
Founder, EzeeMoney
Berno Potgieter & Thatoyaona Marumo, 28, South Africa
Founders, Domestly
Leonida Mutuku, 29, Kenya
Founder, Intelipro
Chris Kwekowe, 25, & Emerald Kwekowe, 21, Nigeria
Founders, Slatecube
Phiwa Nkambule, 26, Swaziland
Co-founder, Riovic
Sunkanmi Ola, 22, Nigeria
Founder, Syracuse Digital
Perseus Mlambo, 29, Zambia
Founder, Zazu Africa Limited
Kola Olajide, 26, Nigeria
Co-founder, Bridge Labs
Nneile Nkholise, 29, South Africa
Founder, iMed Tech
Bamal Namata, 26, Cameroon
Founder, Maibeta
Riaz Moola, 26, South Africa
Founder, HyperionDev
Leonard Stiegeler, 29, Nigeria.
Co-founder, Zanda, Jumia & Director Ringer Africa AG.
Kofi Genfi & Nii Osae Osae Dade, 24, Ghana.
Founders, CYST Company Limited.
Juan Pienaar, 27, South Africa.
Founder, Apex Media.
Timothy Adeleye, 29, Nigeria.
Founder, Optiweb Communications.
Maya Horgan Famodu, 27, Nigeria.
Founder, Ingressive.
Abraham Omani Quaye, 28, Ghana.
Founder, Farmart.
Melvyn Lubega, 28, South Africa.
Founder, GO1.
Huston Malande, 28, Kenya.
Founder, Skyline Design.
Cukia Kimani, 26 & Ben Myres, 25, South Africa.
Founders, Nyamakop.
Ink Eze, 28, Nigeria. (YAY!! BN Alum!)
Founder, AsoEbiBella.
June Syowia, 23, Kenya.
Founder, Beiless Group.
Obinna Okwodu, 27, Nigeria.
Founder, Fibre.
Abdellah Mallek, 28, Algeria.
Co-founder, Sylabs.
Yasmine El Baggari, 25, Morocco.
Founder, Voyaj.
Simba Mubvuma, 26, Zimbabwe.
Co-founder, Lexware Inc.
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.


    • wantashi
      I think these results are flowed,we have a lot of young Zambian Businnessmen who are doing fine but they are not here,like Munir Zulu,Bowman Lusambo[he can now afford to pay you rentals in case you find yourself in need],and many more fly by night millionaires why are they not named here?We need to protest as a nation to this Forbes which is not recognising our had working mrn and women.

  1. OK he had a leg up, he’s the son of a former Finance Minister after all. I can this for him however, he’s used his opportunities well. He hasn’t turned out to be a spoiled and useless son of a politician like some of those we read about. So congratulations! Keep it up. That’s how it should be. Zambians owning companies and employing fellow Zambians. Treat your employees well. Dignity them with good salaries and work conditions. Not like these modern day slave drivers called investors.

  2. Every one need family and friends to excel in business. This should be an eye opener to all young and up coming Zambians to make a difference and an impact than waiting for PF, UDNP, MMD or Tayali to become a mayor/fake president for help. Good inspiration for young men and women

  3. Congrats to this young man. This is so inspiring to many young Zambians. With or without family help, determination, courage and focus should be always a key. Big Up.

  4. Well, he’s done better than I have. Does that qualify me to comment? Credit where credit is due, Africa needs ambition like this.

  5. He has worked well with his family money cause truth be told a lot of spoiled kids don’t get any where but drain there dad’s money. Well done son boy.

  6. He had a head start. Not inspiring, a rugs to riches story is more interesting. Everyone loves an underdog.

  7. Good job young man. Keep it up! I am glad no one from HaTribes organization is crying “Thief!” If we switched some names here, …. Kekekeke

    • You are very cheap; really cheap! Looks like something has affected you. Sure, the list is not for thieves if that is what you want to hear.

  8. Those are funds plundered from our resources………..! The young man is simply a front. The former minister…Zambians are so damn.

    His father stole from government coffers and you are here praising plunderers………..!

  9. Kikikikiki…..sharon you make me laugh, and you make them cry everytime you comment.

    As for the Forbes list, good for the young men. However what will matter to me is whether they can sustain their “achievements” beyond 30 years of age. That will be the proof of the pudding, otherwise celebrations may be too premature.

  10. I think next time when you put someone on Forbes you should also indicate the sources of his wealth, how and when he/she accumulated the capital for his/her investments.
    Already the man Mr musokotwa his father he was a finance minister of this country and we know our ministers very well, here we can all conclude that he got his wealth from his father and it’s absolutely a fact because there’s no any normal father who can leave his Child helplessly without anywhere to touch” so the father did precisely what any father can do to his child as a loving father.

    Congrats bro for utilizing the opportunities in your father’s house wisely because others they’re now on bale after stealing a samsung phone,,, big up bro and continue working hard.

  11. Well at the end of the day the father was employed he had money money he earned by an education so if he has used his father’s benchmark dont look down on him just cause your father’s didnt have the Same opportunity just shut up and work hard he got the easy way cool do you have to go the hard way??No issue hundreds of self made millionaires out there don’t use such stories like these to cover up your laziness????

  12. So HaJayJay is Cheap too? Oh! I see! “Support your local team Mudala” mantra! “HaJayJay is Expensive!”

  13. Boza! Stup1d article. How did he acquire the entire 3100 acres of land at that age naimwe? We all know this is the loot of his father when he mismanaged our finances at the that Ministry. Tell us he made the $1 million dollars and we may analyse objectively and this nonsense you are telling us. Bullsh1t!!!

  14. I don’t read such silly articles like Forbes Maret! Never thought I would ever say this but, what about young kids like Spax? What about young kids from the Shalom Family? What about the numerous start up kids from pa Kamwala who changed their Family tu tembas?

    That over there is the real story……

    Not ma Aircon boys and girls aya.

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