Africa’s finest: Chude Jideonwo, Adebola Williams, Seun Osewa, others make Forbes list of best entrepreneurs under 30

by Rachel Ogbu

L-R: Ola-Orekunrin (Flying Doctors), Oluwaseun Osewa, (Nairaland), Jobberman founders, Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude and Ayodeji Adewunmi, Red Media's Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams
L-R: Ola-Orekunrin (Flying Doctors), Oluwaseun Osewa, (Nairaland), Jobberman founders, Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude and Ayodeji Adewunmi, Red Media’s Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams

The CEOs and founders of Jobberman, Nairaland, Flying Doctors and Red Media are among the listed 30 under 30 Best Young Entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes.

According to Forbes, young entrepreneurs are changing the face of Africa and the list of the 30 Africans under 30 years old are of people making the most dramatic impact across the continent.

Jobberman founders, Opeyemi Awoyemi, Olalekan Olude and Ayodeji Adewunmi, run the biggest job search engine and aggregator.

Jobberman went live in August 2009, and today the site attracts over 50,000 unique users each day. Through simple, yet cutting-edge technology, Jobberman helps link qualified personnel to the right job opportunities. Jobberman is one of the few companies in Nigeria’s tech space that enjoy venture capital backing. Read more about Awoyemi, Olude and Adewunmi and Jobberman here.

Oluwaseun Osewa, is the founder of Nairaland which was described as the largest online forum in Africa. Nairaland now has close to 1 million registered users and is the most popular Nigerian website today. In Nigeria, Nairaland gets more visits than Wikipedia.

Ola Orekunrin continues to make news as the founder of Flying Doctors, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service. Flying Doctors Nigeria provides urgent helicopter, airplane ambulance and evacuation services in Nigeria and other countries across West Africa.

Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, co-founders of The Future Project and Partners of Red Nigeria.

The Future Project (TFP) – a strategic social enterprise/change communications firm which hosts the annual Future Awards, Nigeria’s most important awards for outstanding young Nigerians and Red Media – a leading full service media-content, communication and Development Company in Nigeria has grown into a media giant and a group that sets agenda in the country.

The Forbes list was rounded up with other young entrepreneurs across Africa after panel of 12 judges from across Africa helped identify the group of outstanding entrepreneurs and innovators cutting across real estate, financial services, manufacturing, media, tech, green tech, healthcare, agriculture and fashion. For example, Evans Wadongo the 26 year-old Kenyan engineer who designed a solar-powered LED lantern called MwangaBora (Swahili for “Good Light”), which is fast replacing smoky kerosene lamps and firelight in rural Kenya and Ashley Uys’ company, Medical Diagnostech in South Africa which develops and markets affordable and reliable medical test kits for malaria, pregnancy, syphilis, malaria, HIV/Aids for South Africa’s rural poor.

The Forbes reports:

The 30 young African entrepreneurs, disruptors and innovators featured on this list are impatient to change Africa. Together, they represent the entrepreneurial, innovative and intellectual best of their generation.

They’re solving problems like healthcare and electricity shortages, proffering innovative solutions to waste management, building virtual and physical communities and creating lots of jobs. A few of them are manufacturing the foods we love, designing exquisite clothing for our women and some are developing some cool apps for mobile phones across Africa.

Of course, this list is by no means official or exhaustive, but this is the closest you’ll get to a definitive list.

A round of applause for Africa’s 30 Under 30 – the continent’s best young entrepreneurs, today’s disruptors and tomorrow’s brightest stars.

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