Nigeria dominates the list with four creatives working in or closely with the music industry, while South Africa, Ghana, and Uganda are represented by one each.
Nigeria's DJ Cuppy, who has performed around the globe, is one Nigerian artist on the list. Among her accomplishments listed by Forbes is winning the Best Female DJ accolade at the Beatz Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is also the mastermind of the Cuppy Foundation, an NGO aimed at uplifting women, children and people living with disabilities while tackling issues such as education, malnourishment and poverty.
Nigeria banku pioneer Mr Eazi is also on the list. "Mr Eazi’s ascent to global stardom has seen him clock over 280 million YouTube views and more than 4.1 million Spotify streams per month, making him one of the most streamed African artists worldwide," Forbes Africa said about the founder of emPawa, a pan-African initiative that mentors and funds African musicians.
Swanky Jerry, born Jeremiah Ogbodo Ike, represents Nigeria's fashion industry on this year's list. He has dressed the likes of Pearl Thusi, Davido, Nyanda, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, AKA, Sarkodie and African presidents and first ladies, and has been featured internationally by CNN.
Completing the Nigerian chapter is reggae-dancehall artist Patoranking who is "recognisable both on the continent and the global music scene," Forbes Africa writes. Among his accomplishments is being nominated for more than 40 awardsmelodythagreatest forbesmagazine forbesunder30