Cool, elegant and an aspiring young leader, no one would have thought that Adama knew nothing about contraceptives. She knew her boyfriend would leave if she didn’t make it all the way this time. How could she survive another broken heart, besides he was quite the hunk, what you would call a golden ticket?
She had seen how college girls her age, had dropped out without access to fees after having babies. Then he called, her nipples hardened as the screensaver with his picture lit up! Heavy fore-play had given her a pre-taste of what the real thing could be like. In fact she was one person that was determined that sex was going to be pleasurable for her. It wasn’t going to be a chore or as per societal expectations. The more she thought about it, the harder it was to stay home. This was going to be a hard choice, or maybe a super easy one: they say we must follow our hearts and love conquers all. How about all the girls in her neighbourhood who had become sexually active in Secondary School, nothing really happened did it? It could be a game of chance.
Ada’s trip to the remedial classes was always a classical detour to Mr. Right, she jumped into the Poda-Poda (Bus), its radio music blasting – ‘Banana Fall on Me’. She fiddled with her phone, browsing aimlessly and then…..
Call it pure coincidence or fate but on this very ride, sat a middle- aged man neatly dressed with a mildly pensive look on his face. He had an equal share of wild thoughts racing through his mind, it had been weeks and he had not enjoyed sex with his young wife. Women of nowadays, she resisted every attempt. Her excuse was, she didn’t want to fall pregnant again. As if, after 3 kids she had signed up for the convent or he had suddenly gone broke? He wasn’t going to settle for these excuses, how can he solve this problem?
Like thousands of people across the world, this bus had captives, people with limited knowledge of reproductive health, little access to information some blocked by their own prejudices or for the fear of stigma. This lack has gone on to cause thousands of unwanted pregnancies, stints with sexually transmitted diseases and infections with a lot mental health problems affecting young to middle-aged people from different backgrounds.
In Adama’s home country Sierra Leone: Teenage pregnancy and motherhood has been identified as the second most prevalent child abuse practice in Sierra Leone. It constitutes a national and community-wide problem, with a prevalence of 68 percent pregnancy rate among sexually experienced teenage girls, with a mean age of 15, and 28 percent of teenage boys having caused a pregnancy’. As reported by the UNICEF
The chances that the passengers on the Bus (Ada & the middle-aged man included) would go on to crush their dreams, hurt their loved ones or have reproductive health issues would have remained very high. If not for the solution that popped up on Adama’s screen, well she was rather too shy to share the information but thankfully the advert is on facebook: FIND MY METHOD.
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