Humorous African wisdom and proverbs in Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie

 Aya is a fictional character of a comic book series of the same title. Shes a teenager living in Ivory Coast. In this series of graphic novels we meet her in her daily life.

 I like the books for being light and humorous, but also for dealing with the necessary seriousness when it comes to graver issues. No need to mention then, that the characters are absolutely well chosen!

 Just let me introduce one page to you before giving you some examples of African wisdom you get familiar with in these books. Actually they all have to do with bums. 😀

Even the fly being in a hurry waits until the excrements have come out.” Which is to say: “One step at a time”

He who doesnt want to eat he doesnt want to have a BM,” meaning “As you sow, so you shall reap.”

In life every bum finds his panties.” This is some optimism for singles: “Every Jack has his Jill.”

The bumcheeks can become fat as possible, they wont choke the bum.” This is referred to spanking and has the following meaning: One can be the strongest, anyway one ever has a weak point.

The pimples on your neighbors bum dont need to bother you.” Its to refute some too curious and voyeuristic people.

To conserve ones excrements in ones stomach is no means against hunger.”

3 responses to “Humorous African wisdom and proverbs in Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie

  1. ahaha, super cool, superlike! i like the narrative and also the rendition of the drawings (clear and distinctive). they give justice to the particularities of issues in third world settings… love the words of wisdom, too. rather common-sensical and therefore, too difficult to observe, ahaha… ^^

    hello, J.A.! thanks for coming by, hope you are well… 😉

    • yeah, you’re right! 🙂 I really enjoyed reading them because of those two reasons: the drawings and the narration. and, of course, because of its humour.

      • i like it that they’re washing clothes and hanging them and there are insects and such… too life-like and yet, profound in a hinted kind of way… some artists are really, really intelligent. 😉

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