The character Willis from Tunis was born during Ben Ali’s last speech on January 2011, 13. The now deposed dictator had just announced the end of censorship in Tunisia. What was at the beginning a mere way for its creator, Nadia Khiari, to express her feelings on Facebook about the Arab Springs turns into a phenomenon : the number of web users following Willis’ dark chronicles increases quickly, from 20 to more than 41 000 today.
Nadia Khiari is an Art teacher, a painter, a cartoonist and she authored several collections of chronicles about the Arab Springs. Her cartoons are also published in Siné Mensuel, Courrier International, Zelium.
She received many awards for her work: Honoré Daumier Award during the Second International meeting of Cartooning for Peace in Caen (2012), Political Satire International Award in Forte dei Marmi (2014), Agora Med Award for intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean (2015). She also received the title of Docteur Honoris Causa from the University of Liège (2013).