What do African men need to be free? To be authentically free, that is. Not only politically, but also economically and psychosocially. Free from political and economic trickeration, as Don King might have said, but from subjective and psychical oppression.

Knowledge. Health. Power. That’s what men need. They need knowledge of themselves and the world. They need to stay alive and healthy. They need to use their untapped power for social justice. These, in my view, are among the most important needs to liberate men from pasts charactiserised by slavery, patriarchy, colonialism, and racism. These pasts, I believe, continue to cast their shadows on men’s present lives. The goal of NEW AFRICAN MEN: THE A-Z OF AFRICAN MASCULINITIES AND MEN’s LIVES IN AFRICA is to liberate men from the past that shackles the present.

However, men must be free also from injurious gender beliefs. It is out of these that disabling rage, insecurities, pain and lovelessness arise. Of course, men also need good jobs, health, food, shelter, and sex. These too, and many more topics, are subjects of NEW AFRICAN MEN.

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  1. Hi,
    What is your email address? I’ve written a book on Masculinities in Africa and I’d like to share it with you.

  2. Hi. I’m struggling to write what I want to say in a way that doesn’t make me sound like a tit. This happens quite often.

    I am fascinated by your perspective which is so different from mine (pasty white, British, middle-class). What I utterly agree with you on is shifting the masculine identity away from the negative associations of the past whilst still have a male identity. As a dad I hope to instil this in my son but I have no doubt it will be a difficult line to tread.

    Thanks for posting here.

  3. Thanks for the comment. Having divergent perspectives on some things, while agreeing on shifting models of masculinities and male identities is good enough for me. However, I do not think our different perspectives on those things on which we are disagreed have everything to do with how we look, but more with how we are taught and learn to perceive the world.

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