This year’s list identifies young Africans, mostly below 30 years of age, who are doing remarkable work in their countries to facilitate development in the lives of people in their communities and throughout the continent.
Check out Africa’s 30 most inspirational young people under the age 30 below:
26. Issam Chleuh, Mali
Issam Chleuh, a 29 year-old Malian national and former Ernst & Young Senior Associate, is the founder of the Africa Impact Group, an international organization focused on directing investment to socially and environmentally beneficial ventures, an asset class called Impact Investing. The company’s services include data & research, news, advisory services, and start-up incubation. Africa Impact Group’s clients include impact investors, private equity firms, family offices, leading African corporations, governments and nonprofits.
27. Brighton Kaoma, Zambia
Brighton Kaoma is a radio journalist who believes in using radio and low-cost communication technologies to educate young people. He is the co-founder of Agents of Change, which equips participants with leadership and radio skills. He also co-designed the Zambia U-report SMS platform, which allows young people to text counsellors with questions about sexual health.
28. Clarisse Iribagize, Rwanda
Iribagize, 27, runs Kigali-based mobile technology company HeHe Limited, which builds custom mobile applications for businesses, provides 24/7 online and offline support and cloud storage services. Iribagize founded the company in 2010 after winning a $50,000 grant from Inspire Africa, a Rwandan TV entrepreneurial contest. Iribagize’s clientele includes a number of government agencies in Rwanda.
29. Anne Kiguta, Kenya
Anne Kiguta, is a Senior Anchor at Royal Media Services & Citizen TV Kenya has hosted news and talks shows and interviewed global leaders. Anne, 29, is also a nutrition advocate with Save The Children and a mentor with the Standard Group’s Eve-Sister programme which seeks to empower women and girls.
30. Isaac Oboth, Uganda
Isaac Oboth, 26, is the founder and CEO of Media 256 LTD, a film and television production company in East Africa. Media 256 was founded in 2011 and has a client list that includes Coca Cola, UNDP, USAID, the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange, Marie Stopes International, the African Leadership Network, and the African Leadership Academy. The company says it is profitable and employs 7 full-time videographers and editors. Isaac is also an Anzisha Prize Fellow, a pan-African award that celebrates innovative young African entrepreneurs.