Marguerite Abouet was born in 1971 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She is an Ivorian writer of bandes dessinées, best known for her graphic novel series Aya. At the age of 12, she and her brother moved to France with their great uncle. She currently lives in Romainville, a suburb of Paris, with her husband, illustrator Clément Oubrerie (who illustrates her graphic concepts), and their young son. She worked as a legal assistant in Paris while writing her first graphic novel, Aya.
Aya is Abouet’s first published work. It is also her first venture into graphic novels, as well as a collaborative effort with her husband, for whom Aya was his first illustrating job in graphic novels. She was influenced to do a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, the author of Persepolis.