Forbes, decided to profile 15 young Africans who are presently making waves around the continent and beyond giving the african continent a new creative outlook.
Listed among these creatives are Nigerians – music’s starboy, Wizkid; ace photographer, Lakin Ogunbanwo, music talent, Davidoand celebrated fashion designer, Amaka Osakweof Maki Oh; alongside 11 other notable Africans far and wide.
With words by Forbeswriter, Declan Eytan, what the Afrcans have in common “is the positive attention they each manage to attract, via their art, music, fashion, or entertainment. They’re each part of the new movement, that is rebranding Africa.”
Checkout excerpts from their profiles on Forbesbelow.
His song Ojuelegba recently got Alicia Keys dancing in an Instagram video the Grammy award-winning artist posted on her account, accompanied by the caption “This song makes me happy”. A few days ago a Kylie Jenner video emerged on Snapchat, which saw the reality TV personality moving her hips to the same.
Nigeria’s Wizkid– whose name off-stage is Ayodeji Balogun – is on a roll. Local music industry veterans such as 2Face, D’Banj and P-Square have preceded him when it comes to Nigerian artists collaborating with their foreign counterparts of global acclaim. Nonetheless, the 25-year-old BET and MTV award winner isn’t doing a bad job for himself either, introducing the afrobeats genre to a new demographic. Drake, Akon and Chris Brown are amongst the names the Pepsi ambassador, singer, songwriter and record label founder has worked with, while his international following is increasing by the day.
A staple in Nigeria’s fashion scene, whose designs have been worn by the likes of Lupita Nyong’O, Solange Knowles and Michelle Obama. Her sophisticated, slightly Afro-centric Maki Oh designs, earned 28-year-old designer Amaka Osakwean invite to the White House last year, in honor of the First Lady’s “Celebration of Design” initiative.
At the age of 22, Davido(born as David Adeleke) already stands at the helm of an enviable career. Several hit songs? Check. Lucrative endorsement deals? Check. BET award? Check. MTV award? Multiple.
The Lagos-based singer, producer and record label co-founder, is just getting warmed up, while in the meantime he earned his degree in Business Administration. His most recent music video, Fans Mi, features Meek Mill, and brings Davidoone step closer to establishing a global fan base.
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