Within the past few weeks, we’ve looked at some of the successful individuals who Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 2019 list. The categories include creatives, sports, business, and technology.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at the young talents who fell under the creative category. These individuals have used their platforms to represent Africa, change the status quo, and take the continent by storm.
For most people, Burna Boy is a popular face in the industry but his success within the last year is somewhat of a new phenomenon and nothing short of phenomenal.
In addition to bagging several awards at the recently held 2019 headies, he made history by becoming one of the artistes to sell out the iconic Apollo Theatre in New York City where African Legends like Fela Kuti, Miriam Makeba, and Black Coffee had once performed.
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Born Damini Ogulu, the talented musician is following in the footsteps of his idol Fela Kuti and is succeeding is promoting the Afrofusion sound.
Some of his hit singles include Dangote, Ye, On the Low, Soke, and Hallelujah, which boast millions of views on Youtube.
Helen Chukwu’s love for fashion has been evident from an early age when she started dressing up dolls as a pastime.
Today, her design house, Helen Couture, which she founded at the age of 18, has operations in Nigeria, London, and Dubai.
Her most notable achievements include showcasing her clothing in London and having America’s Next Top Model Cycle 1 contestant, wear her dress at the 2013 Oscar party.
She plans to build a-10,000-garment-production-per-day garment manufacturing factory in Nigeria by 2021.
Abisola Akintunde ventured into make-up fulltime after quitting her job at a dental clinic where she worked for only three weeks.
She went on to land a job as a makeup artist at M-Net Africa and soon she was getting bookings outside of the job. As a result, she quit to run her own makeup venture and founded two businesses, MakeupbyAshabee and Beelashes.
“It was a very bold and scary step because I was afraid I was going to leave a steady income for something not certain but like they say, ‘don’t be afraid’,” she told Forbes Africa.
It appears her bravery paid off as she has made great strides in the makeup industry. Today, her makeup business has catered to over 200 brides across Africa including Nigeria, Congo, Kenya, Kenya, and South Africa.
She also has over 20 employees and has trained over 50 interns within the last two years.
In order to give back to society, she has partnered with the Archbishop Vining Anglican Church in Lagos to empower young women by teaching them makeup.
“The next goal at MakeupbyAshabee is to learn permanent makeup, the art of micro-blading and ombré brows,” she said.
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