I recently discovered the Aya graphic novel series by Marguerite Abouet and illustrated by her husband, Clément Oubrerie. Set in 1970's Côte d'Ivoire, the stories revolve around the everyday life of Aya, a sweet and humble girl. According to this Wikipedia entry, the books are one of very few postcolonial African fiction works that focus almost entirely on the middle class. Would you agree?
The Aya graphic novel series is available on Amazon (Aya of Yop City, Aya: Life in Yop City and Aya: Love in Yop City, including editions in Spanish). You can preview the books on Drawn & Quarterly. The animated film version of the series, Aya de Yopougon, comes out later this year.
Thank you Belinda Otas for my wonderful gift!
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