Many stories of Africa deal with AIDS, war, poverty and famine. In the graphic novel genre, very few stories feature African protagonists. Marguerite Abouet, the writer of the graphic novel Aya, sets out to change this. Aya is the light-hearted tale of three friends living in the Ivory Coast in 1978. Aya strives to be a doctor while her friends, Bintou and Adjoua, want to chase boys and dance all night. While Aya is not the central character, the story is told through her eyes and presents a unique view of post-independence Ivory Coast. The issues presented in the book; meddling parents and young love, are universal enough so that anyone can relate to them. The writing is accompanied with lush illustrations by Clement Oubrerie and a glossary of African slang terms and recipes mentioned in the book. Aya's story is continued in Aya of Yop City, and Aya: The Secrets Come Out. Don't miss the film adaption coming out this summer!
Submitted by Maria @ Central