Every year, Forbes releases a list of young entrepreneurs it feels are making a splash big enough to be noticed. And every other year, I wonder what happened to 80 percent of the people on the list. I do not see no Majanis on it… Hmmm…
But away from my pet peeves about this list and onto the people who actually made it on. The list looks at different industries and sectors and and identifies the young entrepreneurs within those fields who either are either innovating their way to the fore front or trailblazing.
And this time 4 Kenyans made it to the list. 4! And 1 of them is a celebrity(ish) who made it on the list of shame afew years back when “Deadbeat Kenya” was all the rage. Yep!
Allow me to get into the list as we celebrate these 4 Kenyans representing on the continental stage:
Simbarashe Mhuriro, Zimbabwean
Founder, Oxygen Africa Limited
31-year-old Simbarashe Mhuriro founded Oxygen Africa in 2009 as an investment advisory company to help facilitate foreign investors in Zimbabwe. In 2013, Oxygen Africa partnered with Swiss-based Meeco Group, a renewable energy company, to establish Oursun Energy Zimbabwe – a joint venture Independent Power Producer that specializes in the development, building, owning, and operating of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects in Zimbabwe. The partnership ended last year. However, Oxygen Africa has raised $7 million and is currently developing two 5MW grid-connected solar plants in Zimbabwe.
Ntombenhle Khathwane, Swazi
Swazi-born entrepreneur Ntombenhle Khathwane, 32, is the founder of AfroBotanics. AfroBotanics, which Khathwane established in 2010, is a Johannesburg-based company that manufactures premium haircare products using African botanical oils and other natural products and formulas to care for the hair and limit damage as to the barest minimum.
Olatorera Oniru, Nigerian
Founder, Dress Me Outlet
Olatorera Oniru, 28, is the founder of Dressmeoutlet.com – a Nigerian e-tailer of fashion products, health & beauty products and home-goods. Dressmeoutlet stocks more than 1,000 products from premium designers globally. Dressmeoutlet ships worldwide and currently has customers in different states across Nigeria, Uganda and the United States of America. The company now employs more than 20 full-time employees and has funding offers from notable investors including Nigerian investor Tony Elumelu.