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Osimhen and Amusan Make Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 List

Victor Osimhen and Tobi Amusan make Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 list alongside other young leaders in music, tech, and business.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 16th April 2024

Nigerian athletes Victor Osimhen and Tobi Amusan have been recognized for their excellence on and off the field by being named to Forbes Africa’s prestigious 30 Under 30 list for 2024.


The Super Eagles striker, Osimhen (25), and track star Amusan (26) are among a talented group of young Nigerians honored, highlighting their immense talent and positive influence.


The selection process for the list is rigorous, with Forbes Africa collaborating with high-profile judges, subject-matter experts, and even past list-makers to ensure only the most deserving young Africans are chosen. This year also saw Forbes Africa partner with SNG Grant Thornton for a meticulous evaluation of candidates.



Osimhen’s performance on the field has seen him become the highest-paid footballer in Nigeria, following a lucrative deal with Napoli in December 2023.


Amusan, meanwhile, dominates her sport and enjoys the title of the highest-paid Nigerian track and field athlete globally, with numerous endorsement deals to her name.


Tobi Amusan


Their achievements are a beacon of inspiration for a new generation of athletes, not just in Nigeria but across Africa. Their inclusion on the Forbes Africa list serves as a powerful reminder of the continent’s immense talent pool and its potential to consistently produce world-class athletes in various fields.



The list further showcases Nigeria’s bright future with young leaders like Adedamola Oyinlola Adefolahan (Fireboy DML), the award-winning singer-songwriter. The financial technology sector is also well-represented by Abioye Oyetunji, the CEO of FXKudi, while entrepreneur Ruth Erikan James, founder of Veekee James, and Josiah Akinloye, founder and CEO of Mainlogix Technology, demonstrate the country’s strength in innovation.

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