A Limpopo born entrepreneur Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni [29] has made it to the exclusive list of the continent’s brightest and most prospective game-changers, Forbes Africa 30 under 30 class of 2023. Tshitwamulomoni, who hails from the Vhembe District, is the Chief Operation Officer of the Green Development Foundation. He was chosen in the category of sustainability.
The Forbes Magazine released the list earlier this week to celebrate young people they believe are “tomorrow’s titans”.

The finalists were selected from a pool of over a thousand applicants, ranging from entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders.

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Out of the 30 people chosen, South Africa has 11 young innovators on the list. The 30 young Africans will meet in Botswana later this month at a summit together with the others selected from other continents.

The Vondo-born Limpopo entrepreneur is elated by the recognition.

“The opportunities that come with being on the list is quite big particularly for us who are doing Sustainability work,” he told Limpopo Chronicle.

“So I feel very honoured and assured that Forbes has just put a stamp on the work that we have been doing. They are actually just recognizing the work that we have been doing for the past nine years. So it really gives us pride and value to realise that we have been doing well,” he said.


Green Development Foundation is a non-profit organization that is based in Gauteng but has footprints nationally. They do Agriculture and food security programs, Environmental Conservation and skills development targeting mainly young people.

Green Development Foundation CEO, Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni
Green Development Foundation COO, Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni

They also run the 10 million trees campaign. The Campaign was launched by the president in his State of Nation address in 2020 where the country is expected to plant 10 million trees throughout the country.


Dr Wedu Tose Somolekae, 29, Botswana – Founder, Medi-Glow Aesthetics
– Industry: Aesthetic medicine

Khethokuhle ‘Kay Yarms’ Ngonyama, 29, South Africa – Beauty Influencer
– Industry: Content creation

Koaile Monaheng, 29, Lesotho – Associate Director and Shareholder, Khantša Energy
– Industry: Renewable Energy

Mutethia Mbaabu, 29, Kenya – Co-founder and CEO, MarketForce
– Industry: E-Commerce

Oluwabusayo Victoria Abiri, 29, Nigeria – Founder and CEO, Koko By Khloe
– Industry: Beauty and Skincare

Rosalia Nghitalesheni Joseph, 28, Namibia – Regional Coordinator, Women in Vector Control (WIVC), Central and Southern Africa
– Industry: Medical entomologist/public researcher

Temilade Openiyi / ‘Tems’, 27, Nigeria – Singer-songwriter
– Industry: Music and Entertainment

Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe / ‘Ayra Starr’, 20, Benin/Nigeria – Singer
– Industry: Music and Entertainment

Dr Olivier Uwishema, 29, Rwanda – Founder, Oli Health Magazine Organization (OHMO)
– Industry: Medicine/Research

Lethabo ‘Focalistic’ Sebetso, 26, South Africa – Rapper
– Industry: Music and Entertainment

Joel Embiid, 29, Cameroon – Center for Philadelphia 76ers National Basketball Association
– Industry: Professional Basketball Player

Nompumelelo ‘Mpoomy’ Ledwaba, 29, South Africa – Entrepreneur/Digital Creator
– Industry: Digital Marketing

Yvette Ishimwe, 25, Rwanda – Founder and CEO, Iriba Water Group
– Industry: Water Solutions

Hansel Ndu Okeke, 28, Nigeria – Co-founder and CEO, Weevil Company
– Industry: Technology

Germain Ndu-Okeke, 24, Nigeria – Co-founder and Chief Operation Officer, Weevil Company
– Industry: Technology

Asisat Oshoala, 28, Nigeria – Striker for Spanish Liga F club FC Barcelona and the Nigeria women’s national team
– Industry: Professional Footballer

Jacques Jordaan, 27, South Africa – Co-founder and Director, Specno
– Industry: Entrepreneur/Technology

Blessing Joel Abeng, 28, Nigeria – Co-founder and Director of Communications, Ingressive For Good
– Industry: Branding and Communications

Jessica Mshama, 27, Tanzania – Founder and CEO, Nakua Na Taifa Langu, Director of Assumpter Digital Schools
– Industry: Entrepreneur/Social Impact

Dricus ‘Still Knocks’ du Plessis, 29, South Africa – Professional mixed martial artist in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
– Industry: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

Isaack Damian Buhiye, 28, Tanzania – CEO, Firm 23 Limited
– Industry: Digital Enterprise Solutions

Emmanuel Whajah, 29, Ghana – Creative Director, Videographer and owner of Emzy Production Films
– Industry: Film and entertainment

Cheslin Denman, 29, South Africa – Managing Director and Co-Founder, Trustlink Africa Hub
– Industry: Fintech

Mhlengi Mluleki Ngcobo, 28, South Africa – Founder and CEO, CoffeeMM
– Industry: Agriculture

Talifhani Tshitwamulomoni, 29, [Main Picture] South Africa – Chief Operation Officer, Green Development Foundation and Limpopo entrepreneur
– Industry: Sustainability

Cody Gordon, 26, South Africa – Co-founder and CEO, CG Technology Group (be frank, Constructive Candor and It’sOk)
– Industry: Mental Health Technology

Thembi Kgatlana, 26, South Africa –

A Forward for NWSL club Racing Louisville FC and South Africa women’s national team
– Industry: Professional Football

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Mohammed Kudus, 22, Ghana – Attacking midfielder for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Ghana national team
– Industry: Professional Football

Sharva Hassamal, 29, Mauritius – Founder, Portage Labs
– Industry: Information Technology

Alessandrio Bergman, 29, South Africa – Founder, SYNC Model Management
– Industry: Fashion and Marketing