Ghanaians and Nigerians are no doubt creative and enterprising people, and the impact of their talent has been felt worldwide as Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list is concerned.
The world, and Africa, particularly as a continent, have recognized the ingenuity of these talents and also take out time to celebrate them from time to time.
Forbes Magazine has made it a tradition to celebrate these youth through the 30 under 30 lists, and we are glad to note that two Ghanaians made the list, Scilla Owusu, 23, Lewis Appiagyei and Wisdom Mawuli Parku, 26
To celebrate their sixth anniversary, Forbes Africa curated a 30 under 30 list that comprises of talented Africans who have made an impact in different industries ranging from sports, entertainment, fashion, business, and more.
Several Nigerians also made the cut, including celebrity disk jockey, DJ Cuppy, musicians Mr. Eazi and Patoranking, celebrity stylist Swanky Jerry, footballer Asisat Oshoala and more.
Lewis Appiagyei, 16, Ghana
At the age of 10, Lewis Appiagyei already had his first Guinness World Record for the fastest lap driven on the Laguna Seca Circuit in virtual racing on PlayStation3.
This record is still unbeaten.
While many boys his age were playing with toy cars, he raced to fame following in the tyre tread of Lewis Hamilton, one of his heroes.
“My aim is to become Africa’s first Formula One world champion, a prize which is still up for grabs to all African racing drivers wherever they may be,” he tells FORBES AFRICA.
Recently, he made it on to the 30 Under 30 Future of Ghana’s list in 2018 and is the current go-karting champion.
His passion for racing has taken him to race tracks in Europe and Dubai.
Early this year, he won his last junior trophy at the Buckmore Park Kart Circuit in Kent England, the same circuit where many current Formula One drivers learned their trade, including Jenson Button and Hamilton.
For Appiagyei, this marked the end of the era and the start of a new one.
There is no telling what the big leagues hold for this young talent, but he predicts that he will become a Formula One champion just like his namesake role model.
Scilla Owusu, 23, Ghana
Video Director, Producer, Screenwriter, and Founder of Youngtrepreneurs
What do Davido, Burna Boy, Sarkodie, Mr. Eazi, Patoranking, Diamond Platnumz, Morgan Heritage, Wande Coal, and Maleek Berry all have in common?
Apart from directing many of Africa’s top music hits, they can attribute the creative success of some of their videos to 23-year-old Ghanaian video director, Scilla Owusu.
It all started in the summer of 2015 after Owusu graduated from college with a business studies degree in London, and she felt lost and did not know what her life’s purpose was.
Putting pen to paper, Scilla eventually found her passion in screenwriting, which led her to launch her first six-part series titled A Lesson Learnt that she wrote and produced.
This led her to win an award at the Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in 2016.
Following this success, Owusu dove into the world of music video production at the age of 19.
“Being in such a male-dominated industry as a music video producer, especially a young black female video producer, felt like being black twice because I had to work twice as hard to prove I was worthy of being in the room, despite my great talents,” she tells FORBES AFRICA.
Within a year, Scilla’s drive led her to direct popular music videos such as Tomorrow by M.anifest featuring Burna Boy, Love coming down by Don EE featuring Davido and Odo Bi by Stonebwoy featuring Sarkodie.
Her love for the entertainment industry led her to launch her social youth organization in Ghana called Youngtrepreneurs to help young Ghanaian creatives improve their business knowledge, gain work skills, and provide career opportunities. Owusu has been featured by different media outlets, including the BBC and OkayAfrica.