The representation of people of color in children’s picture books

But in thinking about the books that I read while growing up and the books that I’ve researched, I keep asking myself:
where are all the African children’s literature writers? Why aren’t there more books being produced? Have we, as African writers, moved away from this pride and responsibility of rearing conscious, confident, and self-aware African children?

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1-Ibrahim Njoya_Muna Kalati, auteur bande dessinée camerounaise

Ibrahim Njoya, premier auteur de BD en Afrique et au Cameroun.

Johanes Yerima était l’un des artistes les plus importants du royaume Bamun, autant sous le règne du Sultan Njoya (1892-1933) que de celui de son fils Seydou (1933-1992). La toute première « BD » africaine date de 1932, réalisée par Yohanes Yerima, qu’un critique considère comme le « véritable premier auteur de BD camerounais et africain de l’histoire » . Pour mieux saisir son apport, nous vous situons dans le contexte historique dans lequel il a évolué.

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Meshack Asare_Muna

I’m creating books in which children’s real-life experiences were the focus – Meshack Asare

Ghanian children’s book writer Meshack Asare discusses his mission to cover the rich regional diversities of Ghana and the continent as a whole. He also describe how he helped to raise the quality of writing, illustrating and publishing for children and young people in Africa, often as a trainer in workshops, writing reviews, empanelling competitions and presenting papers at institutions and conferences.

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