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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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Lupita Nyong'o Will Star in the HBO Max Series Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah'

Danai Gurira will executive produce the series.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is set to take on the lead role in the HBO Max series based on Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah. The 10-episode series will be executive produced by Tony Award-winning actress, Danai Gurira.

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Cameroonian Author Imbolo Mbue's Next Novel Has Been Picked Up by Penguin Random House

The second novel from the mind behind "Behold the Dreamers" is set to tell another poignant, but relatable story on the African experience.

The second novel from Cameroon's own Imbolo Mbue is in the works, Brittle Paper reports.

How Beautiful We Were, the novel's current title, has been acquired by Penguin Random House for its North American rights. The publisher says the book is "a story told through multiple perspectives about what happens when an African village decides to fight back against an American oil company that is destroying their land."

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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