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Ghanaian Tech Executive Bozoma Saint John Leaves Apple for Uber

Bozoma Saint John has been named Chief Brand Officer of Uber Technologies.

DIASPORA—Star executive, Bozoma Afiba Maamekyi Asantewa Arthur Saint John, is leaving her position at Apple to take on a leadership role at Uber Technologies.


The tech maven has been named the Chief Brand Officer of Uber Technologies. “I’m excited to start this journey," she told OkayAfrica in an exclusive conversation. "Uber is a global company and I plan to bring my full global citizenship to craft the brand story."

Before joining Apple Music in 2014 as head of Global Consumer Marketing and Beats Music, the Ghanaian exec was head of music and entertainment marketing for Pepsi, where she landed a $50 million sponsorship deal with ­Beyoncé.

Last year, she blew audiences away with an unforgettable presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Her enthusiasm and star personality have also helped garner her a strong fanbase and social media following.

In March, we listed Saint John as one of OkayAfrica's 100 women.

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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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