He’s Africa’s youngest billionaire & much more: 32-year-old Ashish J. Thakkar is on the new cover of Y! Africa

COVER PAGE ASHISH (coloured)

by Isi Esene

After the March announcement of its bold new direction, covering West,
East, Southern & Central Africa, the magazine Y! Africa has announced
its latest issue, covered by Ashish J. Thakkar, who has been called
Africa’s youngest billionaire, and who is founder of Mara Group and the
Mara Foundation.

From escaping genocide and Hotel Rwanda, to conducting transatlantic
business at the ripe old age of 15, Ashish J. Thakkar is a poster boy
for the evolving possibilities of the continent, the editors say.

“Africa is a beautiful picture in contrasts,” said Chude Jideonwo, who
is editor-in-chief. “On the one hand… much more than half of the
employable young population is out of job and there are many caught in
wars and rumors of ears, from Sudan’s two sides to the Central African
Republic. But on the other… there’s growth and palpable excitement as
the continent to watch; investment pouring in for technology and a whole
range of businesses new and traditional, impressive GDPs across
countries; democracy solidifying and with it free speech, citizen
engagement, the flourishing enterprise and a groundswell of creativity.
This edition presents that sense of newness – and hope.”

Ashish Thakkar - Y Africa (2)
The cover was photographed by Ade Asiko in London, styled by Segun
Garuba, and written by Wilfred Okiche.

The issue also features the #YCeleb100 – profiling 100 of Africa’s most
powerful celebrities under 40, and the #YTech100, which lists the 100
Most Innovative People & Ideas in Nigeria’s Tech Space.

Y! is available in stores and from vendors across Nigeria, and is also
distributed in Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa.

In Nigeria, you can also pay for the magazine with your mobile phone or
online at Okada Books www.okadabooks.com and exodusestore.com
http://www.exodusestore.com and have it delivered to any part of the
country (click on magazine, click on the Y! Africa logo and place your
order).

Details are available on yafri.ca or via @YAfricaOnline on Twitter,
Google+ and Instagram. Email [email protected]; or call +234 817 300 0001
for more information.

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