Pulse List Here are the 5 Nigerians on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list

For the class of 2017, the median age of Forbes selected entrepreneurs stands at 27 with 33% being women.

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Forbes Africa 30 under 30

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Every year, Forbes Africa releases its popular “30 Under 30” list to celebrate young people across the African continent who are doing great things and impacting the lives of many across the continent. 

For the class of 2017, the median age of Forbes Africa selected entrepreneurs stands at 27 with 33% being women. Nigeria is well represented with 5 nominees on the list. Here they are:

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Nasir Yammama



  • Nasir Yammama, 27, Founder Verdant Agri-Tech: Yammama’s company is a social enterprise that supports rural farmers with mobile technology for sustainable farming and improved food production.

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Shakeela Tolasade Williams

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  • Shakeela Tolasade Williams, 29, Founder Sade Hair: In February 2013, Williams sold her car and used the money (along with money she borrowed from family) to brand her company and invest in a boutique store. She had quit her job at a bank to pursue business in the ever-growing hair extension industry.

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Muktar Onifade



  • Muktar Onifade, 26, Founder VISUVLGVDS: Onifade company is a fashion brand that is focused on contemporary African art. Since its founding in 2013, VISUVLGVDS (pronounced Visual Gods) has released three collection and everything is made in Onifade’s studios in Detroit (where he works as a General Motors engineer by day) and Lagos.

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Edikan Udiong



  • Edikan Udiong, 29, Founder Oleander House: Udiong saw an opportunity in providing specific weight loss supplements and took it, birthing Oleander House in 2012 and utilizing social media to promote it.

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Iyin Aboyeji

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  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, 26, Founder Flutterwave: In 2016, Aboyeji left Andela (which he co-founded) and launched Flutterwave, a company that provides technology and infrastructure solutions for digital payments across Africa. He has also been named on a special economic council put together by Nigeria’s Accting President Yemi Osinbajo. 

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