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The Essence of Advocating for the Boy Child

By: Kawthar Abdulmojeed  In a world inundated with societal expectations and norms, the concept of masculinity has long been rigid and unforgiving. Men are taught to be strong, stoic, and unyielding in the face of adversity. They are told to suppress their emotions, to “man up” even when they are hurting inside. However, this archetype of masculinity is not only detrimental to men themselves but also to society as a whole. It fosters a culture […]

Navigating Uncharted Waters: Advocacy and the Boy Child

By: Praise T. Oluwasina Dearest Gentle Reader, There is a saying that “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors”, and neither is avoiding certain topics as a society builds a Better Man. Much like sailors navigating turbulent seas to refine their skills, young boys find themselves facing challenges seldom acknowledged or discussed. The boy child faces unknown waters in the vast ocean of societal expectations, which call for fortitude, flexibility, and a strong sense of

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The Fate of the Boychild in the 21st Century

By: Abdulmojeed Kawthar Image Credit: Boys Without Borders In the 21st century, the fate of the boy child has undergone significant changes and challenges. While progress is being made in terms of gender equality and addressing gender stereotypes, there are still areas where boys face unique struggles. A boy might grow up in a bustling urban neighborhood, come from a loving and supportive family that believes in gender equality, and be encouraged by his parents

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The International Day of the Boychild: The Boy, His Troubles, and Our Initiative

By: Habeeb Abdul Image credit: Boys Without Borders. This year, 2023, will mark the sixth year since the celebration of the Boy Child began. To individuals across sociocultural spheres, an International Day of the Boy Child may appear another cross-continental oddity. To others, its observation is a cause to sigh in deep relief. But this will likely not be for the right reasons. The participants on either side of the spectrum have unique backdrops to

Na we dey run Streetz: The Boychild and the Street

By Olamilekan Mashika Image Credit: Jeff Ackley/Unsplash As a boy who grew up in Mushin, Lagos, I am probably used to the street than most people, since Mushin is, in fact, streets. On one side are boys of variety of age drinking, smoking and chatting generally about women, and on the other side are boys and men of different age also drinking and rolling dice, drinking and smoking while turning out their entire savings to

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