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Ghanaian Exec Bozoma Saint John Leaves Uber For Entertainment Company, Endeavor

After a year at Uber, the high-profile Ghanaian exec will take her talents to Hollywood as Endeavor's new CMO.

Bozoma Saint John has left Uber for the entertainment conglomerate Endeavor, where she will act as Chief Marketing Officer.

The high-profile exec was named Chief Brand Officer of Uber Technologies last June, amidst a slew of widely-publicized scandals involving sexual assault accusations, management woes and questionable organizational culture. "Boz joined Uber at a time when the company was hurting—but her energy, optimism and creativity have been a key part of our ongoing turnaround. Endeavor is lucky to have her, and I'm excited to watch her work in her new role," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told TechCrunch.


Saint John will undoubtedly be a major asset to Endeavor, the parent company of the talent agency WME, which reps some of the industry's biggest names, including Drake, Adele, Idris Elba, and Rihanna to name a few, IMG, UFC and more. "Boz's strong creative vision has the power to create cultural moments that are transformative for brands," said Endeavor CEO Ariel Emanuel. "We're excited for what it means when her vision comes face-to-face with our client roster and portfolio of brands who are shaping the cultural conversation around the world every day."

Before starting at Uber Saint John led Apple's global consumer marketing division.

The seasoned exec was named one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women in both 2017 and 2018.

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The 15 Best South African Summer Songs of 2018

These are the hits South Africans will be losing their morals to this December.

In summer, especially the month of December, South Africa becomes something else.

December (or should we say Dezemba) is a lifestyle of some sort, where people forget about their troubles, work… pretty much everything and become shamelessly hedonistic—and we are totally here for that.

But there's nothing that makes Dezemba more memorable than the songs of the summer. It's those songs that are a permanent fixture on every South African's playlist as they take a break from a long and stressful year (2018 has been a lot!).

Below, we list some songs that have potential to be the soundtrack to December in South Africa. Some have already picked up in the past few months, while others are teeming with potential.

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Watch Sipho the Gift's New Music Video for 'Hold Up'

The talented South African MC drops a vibrant visual for his latest single.

Sipho the Gift is the budding South African rapper who is known for his bold and thought-provoking lyricism.

He just released the music video for "Hold Up," his groovy new single.

"It's a song about young love and I wanted that to translate through to the visuals by telling a love story," he tells us.

Shot in Cape Town by Jasyn Howes with the help of VideoCartel, this video captures the subtle joys of youth and romance.

Check out Sipho the Gift's new music video for "Hold Up" below.

You can also watch the music video in full over at iTunes.

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A Film Based on a Novel by Acclaimed Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o Is In the Works

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan is developing Ngugi's novel "Matigari" with Kenyan and South African filmmakers.

A novel by Kenya's own Ngugi wa Thiong'o is being adapted to a film, Brittle Paper reports.

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan shared at the Africa Movie Academy Awards that Ngugi's 1987 work, Matigari, is in development with Kenyan and South African filmmakers, who have yet to be revealed.

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