Guest Post: For Men, Age Is More Than A Number

Words: Clay Muganda

Newspaper columnist, Clay Muganda reflects on ageing and the lessons he picked up from his father.

Doctors. They are the best. Or so we think. Many people believe that medical staff or doctors can keep secrets. Patients easily share stuff with them that they would never reveal to their spouses, sexual partners or children.

Opening up to a doctor is so easy. We never think much about the things we tell doctors about ourselves, and how they might be used against us.

But at some age, you become conscious about what you tell your doctor and wonder whether these young men and women can keep secrets.

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I Stand Accused Of Being An Ordinary Guy

“Why didn’t you speak up!”

That was my first reaction after he completed his story. But he just hunched his shoulders and folded his arms across his chest. I knew what I was reading in his eyes. A look of humiliation.

Two young men in their early 20s, had gone out for a drink at a popular night spot in Kisumu. It is was meant to be a polite night, the euphemism, for when one has just enough money for two drinks. The place was crowded with unfamiliar faces and the guys were forced to share a table with a group of men they did not know. After about an hour one of the two friends decided to leave out of boredom. The friends parted ways and the one left behind decided to have his last drink resolving to put in an early night.   Half way through his drink, a beefy bouncer walked up to his table and told him about a complainant accusing him of stealing a mobile phone.

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Hey! We Need Gender Here?

I was attending an afternoon meeting at a rural sub location resource centre. It was a large room arranged in the manner of a classroom. The convenor addressed us as though he were campaigning for our votes. He was a man of average height and build, dressed smartly in a checked shirt and a blue tie.

The Resource centre was part of an intuitive to “empower rural communities towards income generating opportunities and bring an end to extreme poverty”. I learned that quorum was never an issue. The people living in villages did not dither round the chance of opportunity.

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The Art Of Being A Good Man: 15 Great Quotes From Barack Obama

In a way, Obama the politician was a disappointment for Africans. His father was Kenyan and Africans could be forgiven for raising their hopes. It did not play out as imagined. People expected a robust policy but Obama was fully occupied, trying to make America sane again.

On the other hand, George W. Bush is widely credited for initiating a visible policy and humanitarian support for African issues. Obama did not have the luxury of cosying up to Africa, at least not in the way many expected.  His tenure was focused on trade to counter Chinese presence than aid.

Nonetheless, in his 8 years in office, the continent still claimed him as one of their own.  Their proudest son. He was warmly received when he visited Ghana, Egypt, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia.

The symbolism of Barrack Obama, the man, was one of his most underrated qualities. Obama was a good role model for uprightness and he broaden the scope of black manliness. Obama earned his place as a dignified man and flipped the stereotype of bravado expected of a black man in power. He expressed a personal sense of excellence that was worth emulating.

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