Forbes has released their annual 30 Under 30 Europe list, a celebration of young stars making big names for themselves. The list is broken into many sub-lists by industry, from finance to law to science and technology. A relatively new addition is the list of social stars—recognizable faces across media. This year’s 30 Under 30 Social Stars list includes several African stars, including musicians, actors and writers.
The British DJ serves as an anchor for the Beats 1 radio station from Apple music. Julie was instrumental in helping shine an international spotlight on the grime genre. Julie is UK-born but of Yoruba Nigerian heritage. Her siblings Joseph and Jamie are hip hop artists.
Michael Omari is an unsigned grime artist from London who goes by the stage name Stormzy. He’s one of the artists who has made people around the globe take notice of the unique British genre of grime. Stormzy came in third on the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list.
An actor and writer from the UK with Ghanian heritage, Michaela writes and stars in the show Chewing Gum. The role won her a BAFTA for Best Female Performance in a Comedy.
After making her Broadway Debut as Celie in the revival of The Color Purple and winning a Tony for her performance, Cynthia, is taking her talents to the big screen. She is currently filming the heist thriller Widows with Viola Davis.
Susan is a British actress and writer of Nigerian descent. She appears in Chewing Gum, as well as Crazyhead, a comedy-horror series on E4. A new comedy series she will write and star in is under development.
Emeli was born in Sunderland, England to a Zambian father and an English mother but was primarily raised in Scotland. The R&B singer and songwriter performed at the 2012 Olympics and has had a lot of high-ranking success on the charts.
An acclaimed folk-soul singer from London, Michael is the son of Ugandan parents who escaped the Amin regime. He won the BBC’s Sound of 2012 list and has picked up other awards and recognition as well. He’s been compared to legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and the Temptations. The Guardian described him as having a “troubled, compelling voice” and soul-searching lyrics brimming with authenticity.
Pearl is an actress born to a West Indian father and English mother who grew up in London. After some time on a soap opera, Pearl has been cast as the next companion of the Doctor on Doctor Who, a role that will surely bring her a massive new following.