Janis Otsiemi — African Tabloid (2016)

 A police drama set in contemporary Libreville combines corruption (“a national sport”), cybercrime and political intrigue.

It paints a raw portrait of the city, with the police officers fighting internal politics, investigating revenge porn, cheating on their wives and extorting taxi drivers to make ends meet, with a generally cynical outlook on life, such as when complaining that they will never be able to extradite a criminal from France:

Human rights is bullshit invented by the Whites to get us by the balls.”

A sort of West African Big Easy.

Honorary mention: Alpha, a graphic novel from Belgian-Gabonese writer Bessora, in which an Ivorian man crosses the Sahara and the Med to reach his family in Paris.

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