Ventures Africa’s 2016 List of African Innovators To Watch

The 2016 edition of the African Innovators to Watch recognizes 42 individuals and teams of innovators in the fields of arts, fashion, music, agriculture, business, science, technology, health, television and movies, education, law, and comedy who are committed to improving their communities and countries, thereby advancing the status of the African continent on a global scale with their innovations.
Our innovators are representative of every region in the African continent including countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tunisia, Malawi, Uganda, and Ghana, and they are making their mark around the globe. Innovations to watch out for on the Innovators to Watch List List include an impressive tool for improving social accountability, eco-friendly bicycles, a keyboard featuring Nigerian languages and characters, food that belongs on a canvass as much as it belongs in your mouth, and malaria research that is changing the way drug resistance is being tested in Africa, amongst many others.

With a perfect gender balance, our list is made complete with the individuals that are responsible for bringing these life-enhancing innovations to life in Africa and beyond. This year, the aim of the innovation list is to celebrate Africa and African innovators we are proud of today in their dedication to changing their societies for the better and enhancing the lives of the people living around them. However, even if there are only 42 individuals (or teams) on this year’s list, Africa owes its ongoing transformation to every single African committed to developing the continent and making it a better place to live.

Ventures Africa presents the full list of African Innovators to Watch in 2016 on a new interactive page. The page also features three exciting articles from Ventures Africa CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Uzodinma Iweala on Nollywood’s leading lady, Genevieve Nnaji, Hadassah Egbedi’s exploration of the innovative art of Victor Ehikhamenorand Nnamdi Awa-Kalu’s look at social media’s birthing of the new faces of Nigerian comedy.


42 African Innovators To Watch 2016


  1. Tonje Bakang
  2. Kelvin Okafor
  3. Jean Bosco Kazirukanyo
  4. Samuel Otukol
  5. Paul-Miki Akpablie
  6. Afua Osei
  7. Asma Mansour
  8. Takunda Chigonzo
  9. Evans Wadongo
  10. Nkem Uwaje Begho
  11. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola
  12. Rapelang Rabana
  13. Madiba Olivier
  14. Roye Okupe
  15. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
  16. Ntone Edjabe
  17. Meschac Gaba
  18. Sara Menker
  19. Boniface Mwangi
  20. Oluseun Onigbinde
  21. Adebunmi Adediran
  22. Thumbi Mwangi
  23. Sitawa Wafula
  24. Chrystelle Wedi
  25. Ify Aniebo
  26. Vivian Maduekeh
  27. Chief Obi
  28. Rachel Sibande
  29. Damola Taiwo, Tola Ogunsola, Dolapo Taiwo
  30. Loza Maleombho
  31. Priscilla Hazel, Cassandra Sarfo, Esther Olatunde
  32. Ozoz Sokoh
  33. Zina Saro-Wiwa
  34. Zim Ugochukwu
  35. Edward Mabaya
  36. Igoni Barrett
  37. Winnifred Selby
  38. Yahaya Ahmed
  39. Lesley Erica Scott
  40. Adnane Remmal
  41. Victor Ehikhamenor
  42. Genevieve Nnaji

Source: Music Baze


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