FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30 2022: Lehlé Baldé, Elsa Majimbo & Fatima Babakura…Meet some of Africa’s young visionaries of change and catalysts for innovation.

Again, Forbes Africa has released its 30 Under 30 list highlighting young trailblazers from throughout Africa. These young innovators and disruptors are not only at the forefront of innovation but also serve as change agents.

“The FORBES AFRICA 30 UNDER 30 Class of 2022 care about being visionaries of change and catalysts for innovation. Being on the most-anticipated list on the continent, for these young trailblazers, is not just about commerce and clout but about ensuring they represent well their countries and the diverse, heterogeneous Africa they want to serve.

“Celebrating its eighth edition, the list this year features the best and the brightest, but importantly, the most resilient, who have taken the time to not only shine a light on the issues plaguing Africa’s growth in a pandemic era but also work towards shifting the narrative, one tiny, tenacious step at a time”, Forbes announced.


 Kenyan social media star and author Elsa Majimbo, South African pediatrician Brett Lyndall Singh, Amapiano star Musa Keys, as well as South African Olympic gold medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker, cartoonist Lwazi Msipha, and social media personality Lasiswe Dambuza, to name a few are have been listed members of this year’s class of 2022

Meet some of the members:

Elsa Majimbo

Elsa Majimbo, Kenya: She is a Kenyan comedian, author, and social media star. She is known for the parody and humorous speech recordings that she transfers to her Instagram account and continues to carve a name for herself on the global map.

Fatima Babakura

Fatima Babakura, Nigeria: She is the creative director and Founder of Timabee Inc. Timabee is a premium women’s accessories brand. Fatima started Timabee at the age of 19 and it has since grown to become a global brand with customers all over the world. Fatima holds a Bsc honors Commerce degree from Canada’s prestigious Mcmaster University. Fatima’s dream is to start an entrepreneurship mentorship program for younger women all around the world.

Charlot Magayi

Charlot Magayi, Kenya: She is CEO and Founder of Mukuru Clean Stoves, a social enterprise that designs, produces and distributes improved, reliable and affordable cook stoves for low-income households. She grew up in Mukuru, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi. Charlot believes in a toxin and smoke-free world and has dedicated her time, skills and experience to fighting household air pollution. Charlot is also a 2020 Echoing Green Fellow.

Sandra Chukwudozie

Sandra Chukwudozie, Nigeria : She is the Founder and CEO of Salpha Energy, a purpose-driven company dedicated to providing cleaner, affordable and more innovative energy solutions in order to move towards a carbon-neutral future. She is also the Executive Director of Dozzy, a conglomerate within the Manufacturing, Real Estate Oil and gas sector and one of Africa’s largest petroleum storage facilities. 

Carla Frankel

Carla Frankel, SA: She is the founder and creative director of Top Drawer Collection. Top Drawer Collection is a luxury sleepwear range that was born out of the desire to create a celebratory experience of self-love and appreciation for the finer moments in life with focus on the coming together of luxury design, fine craftsmanship and bespoke gifting. 

Dr. Esperance Luvindao

Dr. Esperance Luvindao, Namibia: She is a Medical Doctor, Healthcare Management Specialist, MBA Holder, Data Manager for the Covid-19 National Task Force, founder of Africa’s first free online medical consultation platform, speaker, and public speaking coach.She is also a published Poet, the first Namibian to release a poetry album and was recently featured by Tommy Hilfiger for her poem titled “my voice”. She is an international speaker and public speaking coach and is the owner of the largest Public Speaking School in Southern Africa with over 200 students from across the world.

Lehlé Baldé

Lehlé Baldé, Senegal: She is a seasoned media professional; newspaper editor, a sustainable development professional, event host, moderator, and producer with a core focus on economic inclusion through financial inclusion and literacy advocacy. She is most known for her work at West Africa’s leading provider of business intelligence and news, BusinessDay Media Limited, as the editor of the Weekender. Previously she was a senior associate in the department of strategy, innovation, and partnership department and worked as an associate in the digital transformation department. 


You can view the full list here: Forbes 30 Under 30 2022

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