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ROKHAYA DIALLO

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Rokhaya Diallo is a celebrated journalist, author, public speaker, BET France TV host and film director who regularly contributes to RTL France. This accomplished woman is vocal about racism, sexism and religious discrimination in Europe.




The Senegalese-Gambian powerhouse grew up in Paris' 19th arrondissement. An expert in international law, human rights and TV production, Diallo founded Les Indivisbles, which is an organization made up of activists who use comedy as a way of calling out ethno-racial predjudice against non-white French people.



She’s a TED talk alum whose topic, Don’t Try to Fit In: Make The World Embrace Who You Are, is exactly why we love her—she gives people confidence to be who they are, especially as immigrants in foreign lands.



Diallo has authored several books, including: How To Talk About Racism to Children, France: One and Multicultural and Afro!, her book on natural hair.



For having the courage to speak up against prejudice, and to use her platform to educate and empower, Diallo is a model, global citizen.



-JO

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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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