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One of the major barriers to men addressing and tackling the challenges they face is the fact that discussion of mental health is largely taboo for Tanzanian men. They’re not expected to open up and talk about their struggles with life.


Every two weeks (Fortnightly), on Fridays Michael Baruti and Nadia Ahmed present an episode that will discuss the challenges that men go through and offer detailed insight on mental health for men.
If you’re interested in Mental Health and are interested in un… Continue Reading >>
One of the major barriers to men addressing and tackling the challenges they face is the fact that discussion of mental health is largely taboo for Tanzanian men. They’re not expected to open up and talk about their struggles with life.


Every two weeks (Fortnightly), on Fridays Michael Baruti and Nadia Ahmed present an episode that will discuss the challenges that men go through and offer detailed insight on mental health for men.
If you’re interested in Mental Health and are interested in unpacking and unlearning mental health for men in Tanzania, this podcast is exactly what you need << Show Less
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Let's keep it real, we need each other (Part 2) Karibu katika sehemu ya pili ya mazungumzo yetu kuhusu mtoto wa kiume na majukumu yanayomkabili katika dunia inayopambania usawa wa kijinsia.

Baada ya mazungumzo marefu katika sehemu ya kwanza, sehemu hii ya pili inajaribu kuona ni nini kifanyike ili kuweza kuleta huu usawa na nafasi ya mwanaume katika kulifanikisha hili. Lakini pia, je tunahitaji kubadili mbinu tunazotumia au inabidi tuboreshe hizi hizi zilizopo ili wanaume na wao wapate kushiriki kikamilifu?

Rolland Malaba (Madenge) anamalizia sehemu ya pili ya maongezi haya pamoja na watayarishaji wa podcast hii, Michael Baruti na Nadia Ahmed
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Let's keep it real, we need each other (Part 2) Karibu katika sehemu ya pili ya mazungumzo yetu kuhusu mtoto wa kiume na majukumu yanayomkabili katika dunia inayopambania usawa wa kijinsia.

Baada ya mazungumzo marefu katika sehemu ya kwanza, sehemu hii ya pili inajaribu kuona ni nini kifanyike ili kuweza kuleta huu usawa na nafasi ya mwanaume katika kulifanikisha hili. Lakini pia, je tunahitaji kubadili mbinu tunazotumia au inabidi tuboreshe hizi hizi zilizopo ili wanaume na wao wapate kushiriki kikamilifu?

Rolland Malaba (Madenge) anamalizia sehemu ya pili ya maongezi haya pamoja na watayarishaji wa podcast hii, Michael Baruti na Nadia Ahmed
Let's keep it real, we need each other (Part 1) Ni karne ya 21, na mapinduzi mengi sana ya kimaendeleo yametokea duniani na yanaendelea kutokea. Na tunajua kwamba ili tuweze kuendelea kuwa bora kama jamii na kamą wanadamu basi hatuna budi kuyakumbatia mapinduzi yenye tija na yenye kuleta mabadiliko chanya katika jamii yetu.

Moja ya mapinduzi ambayo kama binadamu tumechelewa sana kuanza kuyapambania kwa nguvu zote ni mapinduzi juu ya usawa wa kijinsia. Hili ni jambo jema na lenye msingi wenye kuleta heri kwa jamii nzima. Lakini, ili mapinduzi haya yafanikiwe na yaweze kufikiwa malengo yanayopaswa kufikiwa basi ni lazima jinsia zote mbili ziweze kushiriki kikamilifu katika mchakato huu.

Swali ambalo tunajiuliza leo kwa undani, ni je wanaume wanashiriki kikamilifu katika mapambano na mchakato wa kuleta haki sawa kwa jamii yetu? Kama wanashiriki, nini imekua mchango wao? Na kama hawashiriki, ni kitu gani kinazuia ushiriki wao kikamilifu? Hofu ya wanaume ni nini kwenye hili? Chimbuko la hofu hiyo ni nini? Na ni vipi tunaweza kumshirikisha mwanaume huyu kikamilifu kwenye hii safari? Sababu kiukweli kabisa, wanaume na wanawake wote wanahitajiana kwa ustawi bora wa jamii

Rolland Malaba A.K.A Madenge amejadili swala hili kwa undani na kujaribu kuchanganua baadhi ya mambo akishirikiana na Michael Baruti pamoja na Nadia Ahmed. Karibu usikilize Sehemu ya kwanza ya maongezi haya
Consent and Power Dynamics One of the things that we set out to do when we started the podcast was to also challenge the stereotypes and to question the habits that for the longest time we’ve never had to question as a society, today’s episode is going to do exactly that. Today, let’s talk about “Consent and Power Dynamics”

As a man, a Tanzanian man, what is your knowledge about consent? Where did you learn about it? Were you taught about it or is it something that you had to learn on your own? Do power dynamics also have to be considered and taken seriously when talking about consent?

Our hosts, Michael Baruti and Nadia Ahmed are joined by this week’s guests, Aden. And together they try to unpack this topic. Join in and enjoy the episode.
Insecurities, How do we fight them? As men, especially African men one thing we were taught growing up was the importance of being secure and how it was such a weakness or even shameful to admit to your weaknesses and insecurities. But most importantly, the importance of displaying the role of a perfect man to the public.

But the truth of the matter is, as humans, we are all flawed and we all have our insecurities. Matter of fact, there is absolutely nothing wrong with you owning up to your insecurities. The question is, do you know your insecurities?

Henry Sondo from “What If We Keep It Real” joins Michael and Nadia on this week’s episode to discuss. Insecurities, and how to fight them. Should we even try to fight them in the first place?
Ep 53 - Streets Raised Me Identity and a sense of belonging are things that we all want in this life. Now imagine this, a father decides to disown you before you were even born. Before you reach two years of age, your mother abandons you in the middle of nowhere and she moves on with her life. As a result, you end up feeling rejected, and growing up, you always feel as if you’re not good enough. Do you know the impact this can have on someone’s life?

In this episode, our guest Anthony opens up about growing up as an abandoned child and how he had to fend for and take care of himself on his own since he was a child. How that has impacted his life as a man now? Anthony opens up to Michael and Nadia about how for the longest time he hated his mother and despised his father and how that has harmed his thoughts about starting his own family.

He also speaks about the power of forgiveness and giving each other second chances, and how that is helping him now to mend the relationships with some of the most important people in his life.
Ep 52 - I still want to be a father Mahusiano huisha, na mara nyingine pia ndoa huvunjika. Si vitu ambavyo tunafurahia vikitokea ila uhalisia wa maisha ndivyo ulivyo. Swali ni pale tu, vipi ndoa ikivunjika wakati tayari kuna mtoto ambaye ni zao la ndoa hiyo ni nini kifanyike ili wazazi wote wawili waweza kuwa na haki sawa juu ya mtoto au watoto wao?

Michael na Nadia wameketi pamoja na J (si jina lake halisi) wakijadili namna mwisho wa mahusiano ya ndoa yake kulivyokua chanzo cha yeye kutopata nafasi ya kuwa baba kwa namna ambayo angependa kuwa baba kwa mtoto wake

J anawakilisha wanaume wengine kwenye mazungumzo haya, ambao kwa namna moja au nyingine wangependa kuhusika kwenye maisha ya watoto wao, ila kutokana na namna mahusiano yao na wenzi wao au namna yalivyo au yalivyoisha imekua ngumu kwao kupata nafasi hii. Swali ni, tufanye nini ili hata kama mahusiano yanaisha, bado mwanaume anapata nafasi ya kuwa baba na kuhusika kwenye maisha ya mtoto wake?

Karibu kusikiliza mazungumzo haya
Ep 51 - Men VS Communicating their emotions Our favorite podcast is baaaaack. And the amazing conversations are back as well. After 5 months hiatus, Michael Baruti and Nadia Ahmed are back to producing and hosting this podcast.

In today’s episode, we ask, why is it so hard for men to communicate their emotions? What happens when men don’t communicate their emotions? Do men know how to communicate their emotions? And why is that important for their mental well-being?

In the studio, they are joined by Justice Rutenge, a communications and results measurement consultant. Together they embark on the journey of unpacking many questions that we all have when it comes to men and communicating their emotions. Justice shares his experience as well as the barriers that he thinks to limit many men from expressing their emotions while Nadia breaks down how that tends to end up impacting the mental health and mental well-being of many men.

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Ep 50 - 2021 Unfiltered We’ve heard Michael and Nadia interview many people, and we’ve listened to them discuss many issues about mental health and specifically about mental health for men. As we are closing the year and welcoming a new year, they’ve decided to share their experiences about 2021 and the expectations and plans for 2022.

They open up about the different struggles they all went through in 2021, what challenged them mentally, how these challenges affected their mental health and the people around them, and most importantly, what were the lessons learned? They leave no stone unturned. Like we said, 2021 Unfiltered.
Ep 49 - Shoot your shot It is the 21st Century, and a lot has changed regarding the dynamics of both men and women. While in the past, things like arranged marriages made it slightly easier for men to find women they wanted as life partners, the current climate requires most men to step up and approach women first, and in some cases, we’ve had women approaching men as well. While this is the reality of the world right now, there are still many questions that need to be answered. Are men equipped enough to have good conversations with women? Can men handle rejections when they are told NO? Why do some men troll women online when things don’t go their way?

In this episode, the advocate for “Shooting your shot,” Mr. Emmanuel Mbunda, mostly known as Digital Migrant, discusses the importance of this subject with Michael and Nadia as well as sharing the do’s and don’ts of shooting your shot, but most importantly discussing the challenges modern Tanzanian men face when it comes to holding down conversation with the other gender.
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