Ghana’s John Armah, CEO of the Orios Group has been named among the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 Class of 2016.
Also making the list from Ghana is young entrepreneur David Asare Asiamah, CEO of Agro Mindset.
Mr John Armah, 24, was recently ranked by media and PR agency, Avance Media as the 12th Most Influential Young Ghanaian. The young, multiple award-winning entrepreneur was also recently ranked the 27th Most Influential Ghanaian by ETV Ghana.
Orios Group, which has subsidiaries such as Ghana Center for Employment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, TradeInvest, and Orios Foundation, was co-founded by John Armah.
Also making the list are young African entrepreneurs from Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Tanzania, Benin, Gambia, Zimbabwe among others.
They include: Nadav Ossendryver, Siya Beyile, Inga Gubeka, Emmanuel Bonoko and Mogau Seshoene representing South Africa. The others are Nkosana Mazibisa, the only Zimbabwean on the list; Momarr Mass Taal of The Gambia; Hanta Tiana Ranaivo Rajaonarisoa of Madagascar; Vital Sounouvou of Benin; Kelvin Doe of Sierra Leone; William Elong of Cameroon; and Fatoumata BA of Senegal. The Nigerians on the list include Uneku Atawodi and Obinwanne Okeke. The Kenyans include Barclay Okari and Joel Macharia.
In a thank you message, Mr Armah wrote: “Thank you to Ghana and Ghanaian Youth for your continuous support and belief in me, to my family, my board, partners, staff and clients, I say this is a push for the new journey we wish to carve, create and lead. May this inspire us to be greater than we will ever be, inspiring change, hope and solutions to Africa’s numerous challenges”.
A statement by Forbes Africa Head of Marketing and Events, Alexander Leibner, said: “This is the most important list of the year for FORBES AFRICA”.
“If one young African reads it and is inspired enough to start a business it has done its job,” said Chris Bishop, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA.
The list was edited by Ancillar Mangena, a FORBES AFRICA journalist and an under 30 herself. According to Forbes, “she spent months looking for the best this continent has to offer. Research coupled with nominations from readers brought the number to 250 potential under 30’s. The team worked for weeks, verifying and investigating to whittle it down. The team favoured entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, location, potential, struggles and determination. A panel of judges then debated the final 30”.
“This has been a very long but interesting journey. I think I am more excited about the list a little more than the entrepreneurs. I have become attached to each and every one of them because the vetting process was so long and I had to talk to them often. I am confident they are the billionaires of tomorrow. Peruse them, argue over them and follow their journeys. We find this list exciting, thought provoking and forward looking,” said Mangena.
Mangena congratulated the nominees and said the list “represents people we believe have the potential to one day be on the FORBES AFRICA cover, meaning they will have a net worth of no less than $200 million, employ thousands of people and help grow the African continent.”