Patrick Essono, alias Pahé, was born in the village of Bitam, in the north of Gabon. After his parents divorced, Pahé, his mother and his three half-sisters moved to Libreville. After a few years, they moved to Tours, in France, where one of his sisters studied medicine. Pahé chronicled his experiences of emigrating from Africa to France, as well as his view on the French customs and habits, in his three-part autobiographical comic series 'La Vie de Pahé', published by the Swiss publisher Paquet.
Pahé's fast and humorous drawing style has been greatly influenced by the French monthly magazine 'Hara-Kiri' and by one of its founders, Jean-Marc Reiser.