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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' Is the 'One Book' for New Yorkers to Read This Spring

'Americanah' was chosen as the novel for all of New York City to read this spring.

One Book, One New York is America's largest community reading program. It sets out to support small bookstores and promote civic engagement through a citywide reading of a selected novel.


For its first collective reading, New York has chosen Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's seminal work, Americanah. Other contenders included Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, Paul Beatty's The SelloutBetty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 

The entire city is being encouraged to read Americanah and to attend small book club meetings throughout the spring. The city of New York has also donated 1,000 copies of the novel to the New York Public Library to help boost participation.

In June, a final meet-up will take place at the main branch of the New York Public Library and Adichie is set to be in attendance, reports Business Insider.

Americanah—Adichie's enthralling tale of blackness and identity—is a must-read whether you're in the city or not.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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