GauZ’ is an author, journalist and screenwriter who grew up in Côte d’Ivoire. After studying biochemistry, he moved to Paris as an undocumented student, working as a security guard before returning to the Côte d’Ivoire. His first novel, Standing Heavy, came out in France in 2014 and won the Prix des libraires Gibert Joseph. It was followed by Camarade Papa, which won the 2019 Prix Éthiophile and the 2018 Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noire, and Black Manoo. GauZ’ is the editor-in-chief of the satirical economic newspaper News & co and has written screenplays and documentary films.