Aya is a fictional character of a comic book series of the same title. She’s 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 doesn’t want to eat he doesn’t 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 won’t 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 neighbor’s bum don’t need to bother you.” It’s to refute some too curious and voyeuristic people.
“To conserve one’s excrements in one’s stomach is no means against hunger.”