Biography: Marguerite Abouet was born in 1971 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in Western Africa. She grew up during a time of great prosperity in the Ivory Coast. At the age of twelve, she and her old brother went to stay with a great-uncle in Paris, where they further pursued their education. Years later, after becoming a novelist for young adults, Abouet was drawn to telling the story of the world she remembered from her youth. The result was the graphic novel Aya de Yopougon, published in North America as Aya, illustrated by Clemént Oubrerie, that recalls Abouet’s Ivory Coast childhood in the 1970s, and tells the humorous, engaging stories of her friends and family as they navigate a happy and prosperous time in that country’s history.
Biography: Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966, educated in art at the Penninghen Art School and stayed in the USA for two years before he began his career as an artist. He has worked as an
illustrator for publishers like Hachette, Mango, Gallimard, Albin Michel and Nathan since the early 1990s. He also works as a 3D animator, among others on the Canal+ series Les Moot-Moots, and on his own film Anna Gavalda. Between 2005 and 2010, he worked with the Ivorian writer Marguerite Abouet on Aya of Yop City, a comical series about everyday life in 1970s Abidjan, the capitol of Ivory Coast, published by Gallimard.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Aya of Yop City (2014).
Aya of Yop City (2012).