25 July 2012

Film & Illustration | Aya de Yopougon

Aya de Yopougon is a graphic novel series by Marguerite Abouet. Marguerite was born in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, where many of the themes in the series chronicle her childhood memories. Aya de Yopougon is french for Aya of Yopougon or Aya from Yopougon. Yopougon is a working-class neighbourhood in Abidjan in the late 1970's.
It is no wonder that this series has a strong international audience. I love that Aya illustrates daily life in Cote d'Ivoire in a realistic way that excludes an exaggerated narrative of war, famine, and disease. As a result of the strong interest in the series, Aya de Yopougon will be available in an upcoming animated film. I'm really looking forward to this film. Details on the film will be included in a follow-up post.

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