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Marguerite Abouet's 'Aya de Yopougon (Aya of Yop City)' Coming To Theaters In July

by Emmanuel Akitobi
March 14, 2013 9:15 AM
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The highly anticipated film adaptation of Ivory Coast-born/France-based author Marguerite Abouet's popular graphic novel series, Aya de Yopougon (Aya of Yop City) will open in France on July 24.

Abouet's Aya de Yopougon series, which is illustrated by her husband, Clement Oubrerie, is a global phenomenon that has been translated into numerous languages around the world.  The film's premise is as follows:

"Welcome to Yopougon, a working-class neighborhood of Abidjan in the late 70s, renamed Yop City – to sound like an American movie! This is home to Aya and her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou. The're 19-years-old, a time in your life when everything seems possible. But while Aya would like to become a doctor one day, her friends are more into nightclubbing at the local "maquis" and hunting for a husband. Around this dynamic trio, we cross characters with diverse destinies like Ignace, Aya's runaround father who juggles several "offices", and Moussa, the son of the powerful Bonaventure Sissoko who counts on his Toyota to pick up girls. There's also Fanta and Koro, the mothers who try to protect their daughters. Or Grégoire, the "Parisian" who blows his cash at the famous hotel Ivoire.
A true chorale comedy, Aya of Yop City is a chronicle of an unexpected Africa, modern and urban."

So far, the only voice-talent I've been able to verify as being attached to the project, to be released by UGC Distribution, is Senegalese star Aissa Maiga

Aissa Maiga

.  Needless to say, her involvement alone is enough to make this a must-see for me.

There's no word on whether we'll get a release here in the U.S., but Aya de Yopougon is definitely one to look out for if it comes to your city or gets a DVD release.

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  • Humming Loon | March 20, 2013 4:14 PMReply

    I just bought one of the graphic novels (Book 2) and it was great. I don't understand everything that's going on culturally, but it's an interesting read nonetheless. Really curious.

  • Katie | March 16, 2013 11:08 AMReply

    I love the series. I remember being introduced to them by this site. Then my book club read the first book. I took it upon myself to read the others. Can't wait!

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