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Monday, March 14, 2022 

French-language comic portrays black mothers as women of dialogue

Africa News reported about a comic published in French called C'est Maman qui Commande, developed by an African native living in France:
Her name is Scheena Donia. She is an image coach, a communication consultant, a mother of four children, and a very active blogger on social networks.

She is a woman with multiple hats who lives in Paris but remains intrinsically linked to her Gabonese roots.

A woman you will have understood with an already busy life, but who found the time to write a comic book.

"C'est Maman qui commande" (It's Mom who orders) has just been released in France and also in French-speaking African countries.

"I wanted to write this book so that children, who are like me Afro-descendants, or not, also see what their daily lives are like in a comic book. The idea of representation is very important. I also wanted to honor African mothers who are often caricatured when they are shown on TV, in boubou, always angry... and not necessarily in their diversity. I wanted to show that there is not only one way to be a mother, and a black mother. We don't all live in the country, sometimes we live in separate villages, which in my case with my children, but we have this common DNA, that is to say, the: mom decides, the children execute," said.

In this comic, Scheena Donia highlights the influence of her Gabonese origins on parenting and education of her children ... enriching her reflection of experiences on the issue in connection with her life in France.

The book reveals a black mother as woman of dialogue and communication. She also wants her comic to open the way to discussion on parenting.
What makes this sound far more workable than how mainstream USA comics are approaching such issues is that it's not some theater-of-the-absurd effort to race-swap and gender-swap, but rather, a story focusing on family life, and as the lady indicates, even children of non-African background could try this out. Indeed, if there's any kind of representation Mrs. Donia's comic offers, it's for parental figures, something the PC crowd in the USA is too busy concentrating on LGBT propaganda and such to care about examining. That's why this new comic focused on parenting could make a much better choice for reading, with the additional plus being that it's told by a foreigner of African-French background who could have a far better idea how to develop a story in any genre as a result. And according to the info, it'll see some English-translated editions in time too, so English-speaking readerships can look forward to it.

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