Nigerian Manga Creator Jacque Aye Pens Magical Novel About an Anxious Woman Navigating Corporate America
Inspired by her time in and out of Corporate America, author Jacque Aye takes a
surreal, magical approach to navigating the shark-infested waters of corporate culture.
In How to Be a Better Adult, Hope Obiako, disillusioned by her mundane existence as a
lowly account specialist, discovers a mysterious handbook that drastically changes her
Hope is a master performer, making a show of her competence and compliance. And
while she really is both competent and compliant, no one at William Hensley &
Associates seems to see it. But what they never saw coming, behind her quiet and
agreeable personality, is Hope’s drive to “make it” by any magical means necessary.
“I was inspired to write How to Be a Better Adult because of both my hatred forJacque Aye – Creator
Corporate America, and my love for surreal, magical fiction,”
“I was inspired to write How to Be a Better Adult because of both my hatred for
Corporate America, and my love for surreal, magical fiction,” Aye said. “I’m passionate
about expanding the representation of Black women in media, and this book does just
that. The main character is a bi-sexual, neurodivergent child of immigrants who just
wants to fit in–I ripped it straight from my own life.”
How to Be a Better Adult is currently available for purchase.
ABOUT JACQUE AYE
Jacque Aye is a Dallas-dwelling author, worldbuilder, and creator of the popular indie
comic and lifestyle brand, Adorned by Chi.
Adorned by Chi worked with the likes of Sanrio, collaborating on a collection for their
Small Business, Big Smile initiative. As a member of the manga and anime space, Jacque
grew her small, tight-knit community into one that boasts over 100,000 magical beings
across social media.
Jacque is a vocal supporter of mental health awareness and self-care amongst Black
women–advocating for those suffering from depression and social anxiety. In her fiction
work, she writes about woeful women, with a surrealist, magical touch.