Eight Nigerians including Ovia, Abijako make 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list

Eight Nigerians including Ovia, Abijako make 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list

Eight Nigerians including Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia and Dimeji Sofowora and five others have been listed, among other global influencers, in the 2019

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Eight Nigerians including Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia and Dimeji Sofowora and five others have been listed, among other global influencers, in the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list. The Forbes 30 under 30 is a list issued annually by Forbes magazine and some of its regional editions to recognise business and industry figures. This year, the list featured 300 trailblazers from 20 industries with average age of 26.8. Over 55 per cent of them are founders or co-founders.

Also, 19 per cent of them include immigrants from 57 countries, and 38 of them identifying as first-generation Americans. Other Nigerians who made the list include Taofeek Abijako, Kayode Ojo, Obi Omile Jr, Olaoluwa Osuntokun and Emmanuel Acho. Taofeek Abijako is a 20-year-old designer who started his men’s streetwear brand when he was a high school teenager. Kayode Ojo is a 28-year-old photographer who has had solo shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Dallas.

Communication expert, Obi Omile Jr. is the co-founder of the Cut, a technology platform that allows users and barbers to schedule and manage appointments. Meanwhile, Adegoke Olubusi, 25, Tito Ovia, 25, and Dimeji Sofowora, 26 are founders of Helium Health, a platform used by 5,000 doctors, with data from 500,000 patients across West Africa. Olaoluwa Osuntokun, 25, is the 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.

Also, Emmanuel Acho, 28, serves as the youngest national football analyst for ESPN and runs a charity that has built a hospital in Nigeria. The 2019 class have raised over one billion dollars in funding and work an average of 67 hours per week.

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