Forbes Africa has released its fifth edition of its 30 under 30 list, honouring some of the continent’s most accomplished young artists, entrepreneurs and tech stars.
The popular magazine, this year, has released the names of 120 young African game-changers, all under the age of 30, in each of the four sectors – business, technology, creatives and sport.
The list was announced at the annual Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet up that took place at the Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg.
Meet the 2019’s class of game-changers
Jean Sseninde, 26, Uganda, Footballer & CEO- her life story
‘ ‘At the age of 8 – 16, I never had clear opportunities to anything. My only passion was football which was a sport for the boys then. Should have learned more at my golden age but I don’t regret anymore of what I should have had then because I had no opportunities, it was out of my control and I understand that now. I stopped looking at how things should have been in the past, what I missed out doesn’t matter. I now concentrate on making the future great because it’s the only thing have power to change.’ ‘
She adds: 17 – 21, Age of school and adolescence, figuring out life, I don’t remember much apart from studying around that age. At 22-24, I felt I wanted kids, don’t know why I did,thinking of it now feels so awkward.At 25- 26, am now not ashamed of who I-am anymore. I trust I have the power to be great and I understand I have to work very hard to achieve even half of the things I want to achieve. Am determined, I have to push my limits. Life for me is not about being comfortable anymore. I want to be successful and leave an impact in people’s hearts.
Patricia Apolot, 28, Uganda, Kickboxer
At 27 years, Apolot is the reigning Ugandan female kick boxing champion, a title she has held for three consecutive years. She also holds the World Kick Boxing Federation International title that she won after defeating Ivana Mirkov of Serbia in Hungary. Apolot has won several other home, continental, and intercontinental fights which makes her the holder of the largest number of belts and gold medals in the sport in Uganda.
Hailing from Ngora district, Apolot started kick boxing at amateur level in 2009 after traversing other games like football, athletics and taekwondo. Her passion was energised in 2012 upon invitation by Uganda Kick Boxing Federation to participate as a curtain-raiser for the Moses Golola Versus Andras Nagi (RIP) game. Although it was a 3:1 loss to her, she vowed to take lessons and take on a professional coach to better her tactics at the game.
Born 14 November 2000, Kiplimo, the long-distance runner who competes in track running events. He represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Junior champion. In 2019 he became the World Cross Country Silver medallist at the age of 18