Keep Walking Africa Top 30 Returns

The second edition of the annual Keep Walking Africa Top 30 list is set to recognize the next generation of cultural shapeshifters from across the African continent.

Johnnie Walker and Trace once again partnered to launch the second edition of the definitive list that identifies the next-gen pioneers who are making an impact on the continent’s creative economy across music, film, media, fashion, and art.

Calls to entry are now open, the pair announced this week, encouraging members of the public to nominate cultural shapeshifters who they believe have given impetus to culture, both across Africa and abroad this year.

The 2022 alumni include South African DJ Desiree, Nigerian artist, Ruger, and producer Tempoe, Ghanaian photographer Prince Giyasi, Angolan actors Eliane Silva and Silvio Nascimento, Mozambican fashion designer & stylist, Luxury Recycle, and visual artists, Fanuel Leul, from Ethiopia and Obou Gbais from the Ivory Coast.

“Last year’s inaugural Keep Walking: Africa Top 30 was a huge success and Trace is delighted to again be partnering with Johnnie Walker in the second edition of this important awards platform,” says Valentine Gaudin-Muteba, Managing Director Trace Southern & Lusophone Africa.

“This year African culture continues to surprise, inspire, and reach global momentum and the 2023 list will again be a true reflection of the best next generation of cultural innovators from across the continent,” Valentine added.

With African entertainment revenue expected to reach US$104.60M in 2027, according to Statista, it is expected that more creators will be able to find more resources to nurture their creativity.

The Keep Walking: Africa Top 30 serves as a platform to work with talent managers and industry leaders across the continent, along with public nominations, to identify a definitive list of pan-African cultural shapeshifters.