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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.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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