- Forbes has released the eighth annual 30 under 30 list for young innovators and entrepreneurs
- Eight young Nigerians made the list of influencers in the innovation and entrepreneurship sector
- The 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list featured 600 young innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers
Eight young Nigerians have made the country proud after they made the 2019 `Forbes 30 under 30 list for young innovators, entrepreneurs and risk takers.
Taofeek Abijako, Kayode Ojo, Obi Omile, Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia, Dimeji Sofowora, Olaoluwa Osuntokun and Emmanuel Acho, were the Nigerians who made the list. The Forbes 30 under 30 is a list issued annually by Forbes magazine.
The list is released to recognise skilled and talented business and industry figures. This 2019, the list featured 600 trailblazers and risk takers from twenty industries.
20-year-old Taofeek Abijako is a designer who started his men’s street-wear brand when he was in secondary school. 28-year-old Kayode Ojo is a photographer who has had solo shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Dallas.
Communication expert, Obi Omile, is the co-founder of a technology platform that allows users and barbers to schedule and manage appointments.The company is known as the Cut.
25-year-old Adegoke Olubusi, 25-year-old Tito Ovia and 26-year-old Dimeji Sofowora are founders of Helium Health. A platform used by 5,000 doctors, with data from 500,000 patients across West Africa.
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Olaoluwa Osuntokun, is the 25-year-old co-founder of Lighting Labs which has raised $2.5 million to turn bitcoin into a more viable form of payment by making smaller transactions more cost effective.
And, 28-year-old Emmanuel Acho, serves as the youngest national football analyst for ESPN. He also runs a charity that has built a hospital in Nigeria.
NAN reported that fifty percent of the trailblazers and risk takers are founders or co-founders of well-known companies. It was also gathered that nineteen percent of them include immigrants from 57 countries, and 38 of them identifying as first-generation Americans.
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Chief Content Officer of Forbes and creator of the Forbes Under 30 franchise, Randall Lane, noted that Forbes has become the most trusted platform for identifying the next generation of visionaries and game-changers.
Lane said: “After nearly a decade, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list has become the most trusted index identifying the next generation of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and game-changers throughout the world."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that three Nigerians were honoured with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
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