Tito Ovia, Dimeji Sofowora, 6 other Nigerians make 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list

Tito Ovia Dimeji Sofowora Adegole Olubusi 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list

Eight Nigerians have been listed among other global influencers in the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

The list is issued annually by Forbes magazine and some of its regional editions to recognise business and industry figures.

This year, the list features 300 trailblazers from 20 industries with an average age of 26.8.

Over 55 percent of them are founders or co-founders.

Also, 19 percent of them include immigrants from 57 countries, and 38 of them identifying as first-generation Americans.

Nigerians on the list include Taofeek Abijako, Kayode Ojo, Obi Omile Jr, Adegoke Olubusi, Tito Ovia, Dimeji Sofowora, Olaoluwa Osuntokun and Emmanuel Acho.

Abijako is a 20-year-old designer who started his men’s streetwear brand when he was a high school teenager.

Ojo is a 28-year-old photographer who has had solo shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Dallas.

Communication expert, Omile Jr, is the co-founder of the Cut, a technology platform that allows users and barbers schedule and manage appointments.

Olubusi, 25, Ovia, 25, and Sofowora, 26 are founders of Helium Health a platform used by 5,000 doctors with data from 500,000 patients across West Africa.

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.

Acho, 28, serves as the youngest national football analyst for ESPN and runs a charity that has built a hospital in Nigeria.

The list also features Ghanaian, Shadrack Frimpong, who founded Cocoa360, a farm-for-impact model that uses revenues from community cocoa farms to fund educational and healthcare services.

The 2019 class has raised over one billion dollars in funding and works an average of 67 hours per week.