In the usual fashion, Nigerians at home and abroad are making positive marks in all works of life. Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list dropped recently and some Nigerians made the list.

The list is made annually in recognition of young people under 30 that have been of great influence in their career paths. From the creative arts, fashion and media industries, these are the 4 trail blazing Nigerians that made the list.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu

After obtaining a Masters degree in human-computer interaction from Carnege Mellon, Kelechi was driven by her love for web design, textile and African fashion to start up an e-commerce site for African fashion items, ZUVAA. At 26, she has built a fast growing avenue for Africans in diaspora to express themselves in African wear without stress.

John Boyega

The 23 year old first captured hearts in Nigeria with his role as Ugwu in critically acclaimed movie, Half Of A Yellow sun. He recently bagged a major role in the latest Star Wars movie franchise and he is loved even more for his brilliant acting and witty clap backs.

Zim Ugochukwu

Being the youngest precinct judge for North Carolina’s Board of Elections at 19 was merely a stepping stone for Zim. The 27 year old graduate of  Biology  from University of North Carolina launched Travel Noire in 2013 as a means of providing necessary resources for black travelers like herself.

Angela Nwandu

Her rough childhood in the foster care system didn’t deter her from going on to be one of the forces to reckon with in the blogging world. 25 year old Angie,  launched The Shade Room popularly called “the TMZ of Instagram” in 2013 and has changed up the face of celebrity gossip. You can view the complete 30 under 30 list here.


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