Aya of yop city is a series of six bande dessine albums written by marguerite abouet and drawn by clment oubreriethe original french albums were published by gallimard between 2005 and 2010 all six volumes have been translated into english by drawn quarterlyalthough not entirely autobiographical the story is based on the authors life in cte divoire. I really enjoyed aya of yop city aya de yopougon the graphic novel series written by marguerite abouet and illustrated by clment oubrerie yopougon aka yop city is a large popular neighborhood in abidjan known for its maquis open air restaurants where people dance after dinner and its party scene aya is a 19 year old . In this post we explore aya life in yop city by marguerite abouet and clement oubreries drawn quarterly aya life in yop city is a novel that is loosely based on abouets life and centers around 19 year old aya her friends and their families in the ivory coast working class suburb of abidjan in the 1970s. Aya life in yop city offers a wonderful response to or perhaps a reprieve from the monolithic narratives that crowd our perceptions about africa listen want more gabby beans podcasts she hosts an episode on the graphic novel incognegro ayas story is the story of yopoungon koute. Aya is loosely based upon marguerite abouets youth in yop city it is the story of the studious and clear sighted 19 year old aya her easy going friends adjoua and bintou and their meddling relatives and neighbors its wryly funny breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in yop city
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