Hi! My name is Emmanuella Nyamnjoh. I am from Cameroon and a recent graduate from Ohio University where I received my MA in International Studies with a focus on Africa. Throughout my undergraduate studies, at the University of Cape Town, issues surrounding gender and women empowerment became my passion. Majoring in Gender Studies and Social Development enlightened me and provided a new-found perspective on my identity.
As a woman of color in a society that marginalizes individuals by the color of their skin, I realize that my gender and race place me in a position of double oppression. The same can be said for men of color who constantly have to defend their masculinity and race in every room they walk into. This is one of the reasons why I am interested in the Men of Code program provided by Becky’s Fund which, amongst other things, serves to recreate and empower the masculinity and identity constructions of Black men.
Giving back to the community is important, to me, because this is the only way through which we empower individuals and communities to empower themselves. I am thrilled to intern with Becky’s Fund because of the investment made, through various programs, not only for Black men, but for individuals whose identity is disintegrated by domestic violence. I have so much to learn from this organization and I am eager to do so.