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Ivorian writers


Aya de Yopougon, Marguerite Abouet.

Aya of Yop City or Aya de Yopougon in French is a famous Ivorian series of six books written by Marguerite Abouet and drawn by Clément Oubrerie. The original French albums were published by Gallimard between 2005 and 2010. All six volumes have been translated into English by Drawn & Quarterly. The first album received the Prize for First Album at the 2006 Angoulême International Comics. It is a novel that follows the lives of many different people living in Côte d'Ivoire.  A film adaptation, Aya de Yopougon, was released in May 2012. The film was co-directed by Abouet and Oubrerie and was produced by Autochenille Production.


The country has a lot of interesting writers but most of the books are only in French:

-Marguerite Abouet, born in Abidjan (1971– ), writer of graphic novels.

-Angèle Bassolé-Ouédraogo, also connected with Burkina Faso (1967– ), poet and journalist.

-Tanella Boni, poet and novelist.

-Micheline Coulibaly, born in Vietnam (1950–2003), short story writer and writer for children.

-Bernard Binlin Dadié (1916– ), novelist, playwright, poet and politician.[Killam & Rowe]

-Henriette Diabate (1935– ), politician and writer.

-Richard Dogbeh, also connected with Benin, Senegal and Togo (1932–2003), novelist and educator.

-Werewere-Liking Gnepo, also connected with Cameroon (1950– ), writer, playwright and performer.

-Gilbert G. Groud (1956– ), painter, illustrator and author.

-Fatou Kéita

-Adjoua Flore Kouame (1964– ), novelist.

-Ahmadou Kourouma (1927–2003), novelist.[Killam & Rowe]

-Lauryn, also connected with Togo and Benin, born in France (1978– )

-Véronique Tadjo (1955– ), poet, novelist and artist.