Featured workMarguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie: Aya de Yopougon

Aya de Yopougon is a comic book series by the Franco-Ivorian duo Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie.

Set in the 1970s, the series recounts several intertwined stories of Ivorian middle class centred around Aya and her girlfriends, giving readers insight into their everyday lives and thereby shedding light on diverse social issues. A particular focus of the series is the modernization of women’s role in society, something Aya fights for. Her peers resent the fact that there are more important things for her than finding an adequate partner, or being recognized by men. However, as time goes by, Aya gains more and more recognition, not only because of her high personal standards but also because she is seen as a role model in her community. Additionally, the small and large problems of everyday family life and neighbourly cohabitation play an important role in the series. The comic is accompanied by a detailed glossary describing several aspects of the characters’ lives, and making the story interesting and engaging for all kinds of readers, even those not familiar with everyday problems in Africa. The authors aim to tell stories that go deeper than the common, well-established notions of what is thought to be everyday life in Africa, bringing the content closer to a European readership.

  • 6 comic books, 24 × 17.6 cm © Aya de Yopougon, by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie © Gallimard Jeunesse, 2005

    Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie. Aya de Yopougon, 2005–2010
  • 6 comic books, 24 × 17.6 cm © Aya de Yopougon, by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie © Gallimard Jeunesse, 2005

    Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie. Aya de Yopougon, 2005–2010
  • 6 comic books, 24 × 17.6 cm © Aya de Yopougon, by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie © Gallimard Jeunesse, 2005

    Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie. Aya de Yopougon, 2005–2010