Ghanaian Entrepreneur and CEO of Orios Group, John Armah has been named in the 2016 Forbes Magazine ’30 Under 30′ list.

The list features some of Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs under the age of 30.

According to a message from Forbes Editor, Ancillar Mangena, “the list represents people we believe have the potential to one day be on the Forbes Africa cover, meaning they will have a net worth of no less than $200 million, employ thousands of people and help grow the African continent.”

Managing editor of Forbes Africa, Chris Bishop noted that, “this is the most important list of the year for FORBES AFRICA. If one young African reads it and is inspired enough to start a business it has done its job.”

The 30 under 30s were listed after series of research and nominations from readers across the continent. From a total of 250 nominees, the list was whittled down to 30 after further checks and verification.

The release from the Forbes Africa team indicated that, the team favoured entrepreneurs with fresh ideas and took into account their business size, location, potential, struggles and determination. A panel of judges then debated the final 30.

This year’s list features entrepreneurs from across the continent in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Tanzania, Benin, Gambia, Zimbabwe and many more.

“This has been a very long but interesting journey. I think I am more excited about the list a little more than the entrepreneurs. I have become attached to each and every one of them because the vetting process was so long and I had to talk to them often. I am confident they are the billionaires of tomorrow. Peruse them, argue over them and follow their journeys. We find this list exciting, thought provoking and forward looking,” says Mangena of FORBES AFRICA.

In a thank you message, the Chief Executive Officer of Orios Group, John Armah expressed appreciation to Ghanaians for their support and belief in him. He also acknowledged his family, board, partners staff and clients for the push to make it unto to the list.


“I say this is a push for the new journey we wish to carve, create and lead. May this inspire us to be greater than we will ever be, inspiring change, hope and solutions to Africa’s numerous challenges,” he said.

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