Ghana has found a ‘Lewis Hamilton’ in namesake teenage prodigy, Lewis Appiagyei on the racing field.
Appiagyei, 16, a sports car racer and one of the youngest in the multimillion-dollar sports was named as one of Forbes 30 under 30 stars leading the charge for 2020.
The Magazine described as “Africa’s Most Influential Business Magazine” released the prestigious list which is in its 6th year in their latest issue.
Lewis joins two other Ghanaians, Creative Director, Cilla Owusu and Wisdom Mawuli Parku, 26 of Majora Holdings on the list.
“These are the men and women forging ahead with credible, creative and profound strategies to shape our tomorrows,” it said.
This year’s list also features some of Afro music biggest exports including Patoranking, Mr Eazi and DJ CUPPY
Lewis Appiagyei who was born to Ghanaian and German parents in the United Kingdom spent his early years in Hong Kong before returning to the U.K where he began his burgeoning career.
Read his bio below.
At the age of 10, Lewis Appiagyei already had his first Guinness World Record for the fastest lap driven on the Laguna Seca Circuit in virtual racing on PlayStation3.
This record is still unbeaten.
While many boys his age were playing with toy cars, he raced to fame following in the tyre tread of Lewis Hamilton, one of his heroes.
“My aim is to become Africa’s first Formula One world champion, a prize which is still up for grabs to all African racing drivers wherever they may be,” he tells FORBES AFRICA.
Recently, he made it on to the 30 Under 30 Future of Ghana’s list in 2018 and is the current go-karting champion.
His passion for racing has taken him to race tracks in Europe and Dubai.
Early this year, he won his last junior trophy at the Buckmore Park Kart Circuit in Kent England, the same circuit where many current Formula One drivers learned their trade including Jenson Button and Hamilton.
For Appiagyei, this marked the end of the era, and the start of a new one.
There is no telling what the big leagues hold for this young talent but he predicts that he will become a Formula One champion just like his namesake role model.
Interestingly, Appiagyei mention F1 superstar, Lewis Hamilton, Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson among other stars as his hero and hopes to be an F1 Champion in the near future.
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