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World Book Day: The Voice team lists their favourite reads

AS PART of World Book Day, the team at The Voice has compiled a list of their favourite reads:

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Ade Onibada, news reporter:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I kind of fell out of love with reading in recent years so this was the first book in a while that really made me carve time out to take in every word. I once even fell asleep with the book on my face! The story is quintessentially Afropolitan: Africans falling in love, making mistakes, travelling and living. There was nothing poverty stricken or war-torn about it. It was authentic African people and an amazing story that I could see myself in.

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Rodney Hinds, sports and features editor:
Ali Rap by Muhammad Ali

If you are looking for inspiration, this is the book to read. I read this 608-page book in half an hour. The boxing legend, dubbed ‘The Greatest,’ had me enthralled with his 300 rap rhythms, witticisms, insults, wisecracks, politically incorrect quips, courageous stands and words of inspiration.

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Davina Hamilton, entertainment editor:
Love Thy Fro by Casey Elisha

It’s a children’s book, but Love Thy Fro gets my vote because it has become a firm favourite among my daughter’s bedtime stories. A simple tale that encourages young girls of colour to love their natural hair, it is subtly empowering and relatable to many. The only criticism I have of this book is that I didn’t write it myself!

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Trevor Raymond, sales executive:
Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice by Dennis Kimbro

Author and entrepreneur Dennis Kimbro combines bestselling author Napoleon Hill’s law of success with his own vast knowledge of business, contemporary affairs, and the vibrant culture of black America to teach you the secrets to success used by scores of black Americans, including Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey. I read this book cover to cover on a trip to Jamaica – unbelievably powerful.

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Dionne Grant, online editor:
A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

This is the only book that had me reading while walking on the street, just like those annoying people who slow you down on your way to work. I read it on the train, on the bus, while cooking... any spare moment I had. A Piece of Cake is a tragic memoir from the author, who describes - in harrowing detail - her descent into teenage prostitution and drug addiction. It's such a compelling read and stands as a prime example of someone turning tragedy into triumph. Years after reading, her story has never left me.

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Rykesha Hudson, entertainment and lifestyle reporter:
My Best Friend's Girl by Dorothy Koomson

I read this book around six years ago, but when I think about it, it still makes my heart swell. It was the perfect mix of a heart-warming and gut-wrenching story – I was laughing then crying from page to page. As with all of Koomson's novels, I just couldn't put it down!

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Garfield Robinson, senior advertising executive:
Didier Drogba: From Tito to Drogba by Gabin Bao

I love this comic book biography about football hero Didier Drogba, because it reaches adults as well as teenagers who may not be initially interested in reading conventional books.

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