Forbes describes the list as their authentic and most definitive list of Africa’s most promising young change-makers. The list is divided into three sectors; business, technology and creative.
Actress Thuso Mbedu took the number one spot in the creative section of young creatives making waves across different industries such as music, art, media, film and fashion.
Rapper Cassper Nyovest, fashion designer Orapeleng Modutle, actress Nomzamo Mbatha and musicians Kwesta and Nasty C are among the names featured in this list.
According to Forbes, Mbedu is a Wits graduate who raised South Africa’s flag high when nominated in the ‘Best Performance by an Actress’ category at the 2017 International Emmy Awards, for her role as Winnie on Mzansi Magic’s TV Drama, Is’thunzi.
She made her on-screen debut in 2014 in the Mzansi Magic drama series, Saints and Sinners.
Rapper and entrepreneur Cassper Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Maele Phoolo, has produced hits like Gusheshe, Malome and Mama I Made It. Forbes says he loved performing before huge crowds while in primary school, where he fought to be in every play and show. He signed a record deal with Impact Sounds at just 17 years old.
The full list of South Africans mentioned includes:
Actress Nomzamo Mbatha (27)
Rapper and Entrepreneur Kwesta (29)
Singer and Songwriter, Shekhinah (23)
Poet and Author Kolela Putuma (25)
Rapper and producer Nasty C (21) whose real name is Nsikayesizwe David Ngcobo
Visual Artiste Siphiwe Ndzube (27)
Fashion designer Rina Chunga-Kutama (29)
Actress and entrepreneur Mapeseka Koetle-Nyokong (29)
Producer, writer, director and Artiste ANATII (25)
Sasha Pieterse (22)
This year we expanded our #ForbesAfrica #Under30List to bring you 30 game-changers, all under the age of 30, and introduced two new categories! You already know our #Business section but we’ve also added #Technology and #Creatives. #Creatives >> https://t.co/43pld1mfYr pic.twitter.com/E17PfQXzIO
— Forbes Africa (@forbesafrica) June 8, 2018