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For World Book Day In The UK We Asked Our Readers What Books They'd Recommend The Entire World Read

For World Book Day 2015 in the UK and Ireland, we asked our readers what books they'd recommend the entire world read.


This past Thursday marked World Book Day in the UK and Ireland (everywhere else World Book Day, organized by UNESCO, takes place on April 23rd). To celebrate, we asked our readers to share the "one book they'd recommend the ENTIRE world read." We kept track and recorded the responses below. With six nominations, Chinua Achebe's seminal Things Fall Apart was the most recommended book. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was the most nominated author (for Americanah, Purple Hibiscus, and Half Of A Yellow Sun). Take a look at the full list of recommendations below.

A History of the World In 100 Objects, Neil McGregor

A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid

All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Animal Farm, George Orwell

Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City, Naigzy Gebremedhin

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

Beneath the Lion's Gaze, Maaza Mengiste

Blueprint for Black Power: A Moral, Political, and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century

Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa, Antjie Krog

Crossing the River, Caryl Phillips

Davita's Harp, Chaim Potok

Forest of A Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga, D.O. Fagunwa

Graceland, Chris Abani

Half Of A Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (anything by him)

Hotel Greed Grab and Grumble - Hollywood, Omoyemi O. A Ojo

Invisible Cities (Le città invisibili), Italo Calvino

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare

Kmt: In The House Of Life, Ayi Kwei Armah

Life and Times of Michael K., J.M. Coetzee

Man Of The People, Chinua Achebe

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Nikki Giovanni's Autobiography

Nobody Knows My Name, James Baldwin

Oh, The Places You'll Go!, Dr. Seuss

One Day I Will Write About This Place, Binyavanga Wainaina

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Marquez

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey: Or, Africa for the Africans, Marcus Garvey

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy, Jostein Gaarder

The 50th Law, 50 Cent & Robert Greene

The Adventures of August Winter and the Blackstone Academy, CS Robadue

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The Art Of War, Sun Tzu

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Book of Secrets, Osho

The Coming of Aahba Yei, Nii Attaa Oko

The Darkest Child, Delores Phillips

The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Albom

The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander

The Outsider, Albert Camus

The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life, Piero Ferrucci

The Prophet, Khalil Gibran

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives, Lola Shoneyin

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety, Alan Watts

The Wretched Of The Earth, Frantz Fanon

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Unbowed: A Memoir, Wangari Maathi

UnPoverty, Mark Lutz

Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor

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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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