Original Story published by Ramro Global, writer Jordan Campbell
Ajume Wingo, PridePads Africa Founder, was recently interviewed about how and why he wanted to start PridePads. “I was raised in a ‘Queendom,’ explains Ajume proudly from the cavernous lower bunk of the sleeper car. He’s referring to Queen Ngonnso who founded Nso in 1394, and reigned with authority for years. Inspired by his matrilineal ancestor, and having witnessed profound gender discrimination in Cameroon, the outspoken Prince has broken with conventions of African royalty to become a modern-day champion of women throughout the land. Well-educated and widely respected as a political social philosopher, Ajume has embarked on a mission to de-stigmatize female menstruation, an on-going social injustice for young women who are shunned from attending school for days each month. Consequently, young girls remain second-class citizens in Cameroon at a time when women are finally achieving real gains in global gender equality. Ajume’s audacious vision: build a facility in the north, operated by local women, that produces biodegradable sanitary napkins for its female citizens. The goal: raise consciousness about menstruation and transform women’s lives in Cameroon and greater Africa. To read the full story, visit https://www.ramroglobal.com/journal.