"Launching our first NFT to mark 10 years of Forbes in Africa is a sign of how the next 10 years are going to unfold," says Sid Wahi, blockchain enthusiast and director at Forbes Africa.

"We live in a world that is transitioning from the physical to the digital and this is our step in making our mark in the metaverse," adds Wahi. 

This historic moment is a first in African publishing, according to the publication. The graphic cover includes all former cover stars, African icons and global heavy-hitters. 

These include:
  • Aliko Dangote
  • Elon Musk
  • Richard Branson, and
  • Graça Machel.
It also includes African of the Year winners, comprising:
  • Rwandan president Paul Kagame
  • African development bank president Akinwumi Adesina, and
  • WTO director-general Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
"This is the culmination of all things we have expounded in Forbes Africa over the last decade: Innovative thinking that leads to new ideas, building communities around futuristic concepts and creating desirable collectibles — this time away from the physical world in the NFT ecosystem and the metaverse. Such a new and exciting channel," says managing editor of Forbes Africa Renuka Methil.

"These stories of leadership, enterprise and endurance would have been lost, both for audiences within and outside Africa, and Forbes Africa became the pan-African platform to showcase African talent, potential and case studies of leadership," concludes Rakesh Wahi, founder and publisher of Forbes Africa. "A lot has gone into reaching this milestone but the most important quality has been teamwork."

The NFT '105 Covers in 10 Years' was taken by multiple photographers over the years, including Motlabana Monnakgotla, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and Jay Caboz. The covers were designed by art director Lucy Nkosi and former art directors Lieria Boshoff and Kristijan Srsa.

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