Forbes has named 30 most promising youth in 2016 with entrepreneurial advantage. Among them, 4 Kenyans cuts the list.
The eldest is 33 years while the youngest entreprenuer who cuts the competitive bar is barely 25 years.
Co-founder, Weza Tele
Moraa, 27, is the founder of Weza Tele, a Kenyan fintech startup that provides a number of value added mobility solutions in commerce, supply chain, distribution and mobile payment integration. In May 2015 Afb, a Ghanaian financial services group, acquired the company for $1.7 million.
Founder, Young Rich TV
The 25-year-old Kenyan is the founder of one of Kenya’s most successful television production companies. His company, Young Rich Television Limited, produces two of Kenya’s most popular TV programmes – ‘Young Rich’ – a weekly show that profiles young, successful Kenyan entrepreneurs, and ‘Get In The Kitchen’- an extremely popular cooking show. Both shows have aired for 9 and 4 seasons respectively, command viewership in the millions, and have sponsorship from several blue-chip companies in Kenya. Mbugua also owns My Yearbook Limited, a company that produces yearbooks and publications for companies, schools and governments. A real-estate company he owns is also developing a 188-unit hostel project to provide housing for students of Kenya’s Egerton University.
Pujara, a 33 year-old Kenyan entrepreneur is the founder of BuyRentKenya, one of Kenya’s most popular property listing sites. In 2015, South African online media firm One Africa Media acquired a stake in the company. The site, which Pujara founded in 2012, reports 150,000 visitors every month and has more than 15,000 listings of residential and commercial properties.
Khetia, 29, is the founder of Tria Group, a Kenyan outdoor transit-advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya. He is also the founder of Society Stores, a fast-growing Kenyan retail chain with 5 outlets.
Here is the full list
- Simbarashe Mhuriro, Zimbabwean
- Ntombenhle Khathwane, Swazi
- Olatorera Oniru, Nigerian
- Bonobo Ramokhele, South African
- Thato Kgatlhanye & Rea Ngwane, South African
- Samuel Malinga, Ugandan
- Neo Ramaphakela, South African
- Mutoba Ngoma, Zambian
- Hilda Moraa, Kenyan
- Eugene Mbugua, Kenyan
- Jamie Pujara, Kenyan
- Tyrone Moodley, South African
- Rachel Sibande, Malawian
- Nadeem Juma, Tanzanian
- Mike Chilewe Jr, Malawian
- Kelvin Name, Rashad Seini and Kofi Amuasi, Ghanaians
- Ogunlana Olumide & Chukwuwezam Obanor, Nigerians
- Kasope Ladipo-Ajai, Nigerian
- Yasmine El Baggari, Moroccan
- Aisha Ayensu, Ghanaian
- Trushar Khetia, Kenyan
- Anda Maqanda, South African
- Abiola Olaniran, Nigerian
- Clarisse Iribagize, Rwandan
By Simon Etemesi.