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Ugandan Video Director Sasha Vybz Makes It To Forbes Africa 30 Under 30

Some good news coming through during this quarantine period is that our very own video director Sasha Vybz has made it to the prestigious Forbes Africa list of 30 young movers and shakers across the continent influencing different aspects of humanity who are under 30 years of age.

The Coronavirus outbreak has dominated the news headlines since the beginning of the year when it started killing many people especially in China. And since the spread of the COVID-19 throughout the world, the mood has been glam.

Sasha Vybz joins an elite list of vibrant people impacting the continent and comfortably sits on this table alongside the likes of Nigeria’s Rapper Patoranking, Singer Mr Eazi, DJ Cuppy as well as Ghana’s Video Director Scilla Owusu on this year’s list released last week.

Sasha Vybz at work during one of his numerous projects. 

According to FORBES Africa, “These are the men and women forging ahead with credible, creative and profound strategies to shape Africa’s tomorrow. Celebrating six years of the FORBES AFRICA 30 under 30 list, they are the continent’s revolutionary thinkers revitalizing ideas and industries with fresh business models and innovative leadership”.

Over 3,000 nominations were sent for consideration at the start of 2020 for this Under 30 list which was whittled down to 30 names in different categories ranging from business, technology, sports and arts with the youngest list-maker just 16 years old.

 “Leaving an ordinary career path to start something new and original is difficult and lonely, and success is not linear. Making the list must also be an incredible encouragement to the brave young people who’ve struck out on their own,” says Fran Luckin, Chief Creative Officer at Grey Africa, a global advertising giant.

The final list was arrived at after extensive research, studies of databases and media coverage; and also delving into the knowledge the external judges. The nominees were evaluated to arrive at a long-list of 100 names, before short-listing to the 30 changing the face of business and society today.

Those who were considered for selection were under the age of 30 as of March 31, 2020. Besides business, other qualities considered included that; the nominees are passionate, innovative, impactful, pioneering and are real hustlers of the African growth story.

The list also examines their resilience, strength and ability to turn around their enterprise or careers.

Another Ugandan Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa 24, who is the Founder and Executive Director of Chil Artificial Intelligence Lab also joins Sasha Vybz on the final list. She is an entrepreneur with a background in the medical field.

Despite being a cancer survivor Shamim has climbed to join the Creme de la Creme of medicine in artificial intelligence.


Sasha Vybz, real name Ian Akankwasa is the Founder of Savy Filmz and Video Director. He has been in the industry for close to a decade now having started at an early age where he made an instant impact on the entertainment and particularly, music scene.

He hails from humble beginnings in the Kabale district of Uganda. He was attracted to motion pictures from a very young age.

“When I was a young kid, I used to love film so much. I was always intrigued. I wanted to find out how they make these movies. I wanted to make movies and I wanted to tell stories. Given the fact that I was a very quiet person I thought I could express myself through filmmaking. I never imagined myself to get this far,” he told Forbes.

He taught himself using online resources, and hacks and tricks from his former days as an events photographer but was unable to develop the quality films and videos he yearned for, or to address the lack of high-quality videos in Uganda’s entertainment scene.

So he enrolled at the CityVarsity School of Media Studies and Creative Arts College in Cape Town, South Africa, to pursue his unfulfilled dreams.

Immediately after his studies, he broke into the music scene in East Africa and became one of the most sought-after music directors for artists in Nigeria, South Africa and Burundi.

He began turning Uganda’s music into gold with high-definition quality.

He has worked with top musicians such as Patoranking, Bebe Cool and Toniks.

His talent has seen him bagging awards including Best Video Director at the 2019 African Muzik Awards in Dallas, Texas.

His other awards include Club Music Video Award 2017, HiPipo Video Director 2018/19, Buzz Video of the Year 2016/17 and the Rising Star Video Director 2018/19.

Savy Filmz specializes in motion pictures, music videos, movies and documentaries.


Bako Ambianda, 29, Cameroon

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Labacorp Group of Companies

Industry: Diversified holdings

Gift Sukez, 27, Malawi

Founder and Director, HD Plus Creation Company Limited

Industry: Video Production

Thobo Khathola, 28, Botswana

Founder, Managing Director and CEO, Lion Tutoring

Industry: Education technology

Tony Mautsu, 27, Botswana

Founder and Managing Director, Social Light

Industry: Digital solutions

Baraka Daniel Kiranga, 29, Tanzania

Founder and Director, Hamasa Media Group

Industry: Digital Media

Newman Tshepo Ramatokwane, 29, Botswana

Founder of Native Stretch Tents and Canopies (pty) Ltd

Industry: Events

Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa, 24, Uganda

Founder and Executive Director of Chil Artificial Intelligence Lab

Industry: Artificial intelligence in medicine

Lloyd Harris, 23, South Africa

Tennis player

Industry: Sports

DJ Cuppy, 27, Nigeria

DJ, Founder and Director, Red Velvet Music Group

Industry: Entertainment

Mr Eazi, 28, Nigeria

Musician and Founder, emPawa Africa

Industry: Entertainment

Wisdom Mawuli Parku, 26, Ghana

Founder, Majora Group

Industry: Diversified holdings

Ogutu Okudo, 28, Kenya

Founder and CEO, Women in Energy & Extractives Africa (WEX Africa)

Industry: Oil and energy

Patoranking, 29, Nigeria


Industry: Entertainment

Tracy Batta, 29, Nigeria

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Smoothie Express

Industry: Food and Beverage

Olajumoke Oduwole , 29, Nigeria

Founder and CEO and Senior Web Developer, KJK Communication Limited

Industry: Tech / software development

Paul Makaya, 26, Zimbabwe

Founder and CEO, Bergast House

Industry: Digital design and marketing

Anwar Bougroug, 29, Morocco

Founder and Creative Director, Bougroug

Industry: Fashion

Pieter-Steph du Toit, 27,

South Africa Rugby player

Industry: Sports

Swanky Jerry, 28, Nigeria

Founder, Chief Creative Officer, Swanky Signatures

Industry: Fashion

Nijel Amos, 26, Botswana

Track and field athlete

Industry: Sports

Davies Okeowo, 29, Nigeria

Co-founder and CEO, Enterprise Hill and Competence Africa

Industry: Business Development

Maryam Gwadabe, 29, Nigeria

Founder and CEO, Blue Sapphire Hub

Industry: ICT

Director Kit, 29, South Africa

Director, Writer and Producer

Industry: Entertainment

Sasha Vybz, 28, Uganda

Founder, Savy Filmz, and Video Director

Industry: Entertainment

Lewis Appiagyei, 16, Ghana

Car racer

Industry: Sports

Hadeel Osman, 29, Sudan

Creative Director, Stylist, Founder, DAVU Studio

Industry: Arts

O’Plérou Grebet, 22, Ivory Coast

Graphic Designer, Digital Artist, Founder, Zouzoukwa

Industry: Creative Tech

Asisat Oshoala, 25, Nigeria


Industry: Sports

Scilla Owusu, 23, Ghana

Video Director, Producer, Screenwriter, and Founder of Youngtrepreneurs

Industry: Entertainment


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