Youth tales: aspirations in Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria, told in comics

Maslina M. Mokhtar
RMS, Nigeria

Avijit Das
Indusglyphs, India

“Only a knife knows what the inside of a coco-yam looks like.” West African proverb


Preamble-The Need

The presentation of qualitative research findings present challenges which are unique to it as compared to quantitative research findings. Whereas it is taken for granted that quantitative findings are more objective/scientific/factual, and therefore need an 'expert's' analysis for interpretation, the qualitative researcher, operating out of a more subjective realm, must present his/her findings much like a tease artist.

Utilizing this comparison, information and findings must be unveiled in a manner such that the unique perspective of the researcher is a destination arrived upon by the audience and not jumped upon, by means of premature conclusions. In a way it's much akin to the art of the story teller, structuring the pattern of the exposition of information in a manner such that the interest remains piqued and involved and the finding is revealed as a narrative climax. One thing that the researcher has in common with a story teller is that both know the way the narrative ends, and a way must be plotted to the denouement.