Aya (published from 2005-2010)is a 5-part album of graphic novels written by West African writer Marguerite Abouet and illustrated by her husband, Clement Oubrerie. The collection is loosely based on Abouet’s life in her native land of Ivory Coast. Set in 1970s Ivory Coast, the novels tell the stories of the colourful and vibrant natives of the city of Yopougon aka Yop City and how they are all connected to the main character, Aya, a 19 y/o single female living with her parents while trying to finish school. Due to its vibrant drawings and warm comedy, the first novel won Prize For First Comic at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.
"That’s what I wanted to show in Aya: an Africa without the…war and famine, an Africa that endures despite everything because, as we say back home, life goes on.”
Aya was turned into an animated series in 2013 named Aya de Yopougon
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