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Cry Like a boy is a documentary and interview podcast that explores how men are defying stereotypes and promoting gender equality. The series brings you to five African nations to discover how local communities are working towards change. Cry like a Boy is the first original podcast of Euronews, produced with the support of the European Journalism Center and of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Available in English and French. 

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Cry Like a boy is a documentary and interview podcast that explores how men are defying stereotypes and promoting gender equality. The series brings you to five African nations to discover how local communities are working towards change. Cry like a Boy is the first original podcast of Euronews, produced with the support of the European Journalism Center and of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Available in English and French. 

    The soldiers in Liberia: A men’s war

    The soldiers in Liberia: A men’s war

    Jonathan is a Liberian man in his late forties. When we first met him in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, Jonathan gave us the impression of being a laid-back guy. But his persona changed as soon as he started to talk about the war.
    In this episode, we join Liberian journalist Carielle Doe to explore the memories of the country‘s civil war by following the life trajectory of this former soldier. A bloody battle in which masculinity was pushed to the extreme. And in which men like Jonathan had to always show strength, even when they feared death.
     
    But this is not just a story about Liberia. This is the story of the young men who picked up their rifles when they had nothing left. This is a story of what is expected of the men who go to war.
     
    With original reporting and editing by Carielle Doe in Monrovia, Liberia. Marta Rodriguez Martinez, Naira Davlashyan, Lillo Montalto Monella & Arwa Barkallah in Lyon, Mame Peya Diaw in Nairobi, Lory Martinez in Paris, France and Clizia Sala in London, UK. Production Design by Studio Ochenta. Hosted by Danielle Olavario. Theme by Gabriel Dalmasso. Special thanks to Peya Mame and Natalia Oelsner for collecting the music for this episode. Our editor in chief is Yasir Khan.
     
    In this episode, we used music by Liberian artist Faith Vonic. You can find out more about her music in her Youtube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
     
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    • 20 min
    Tounkan namo in Guinea: Unwelcome home

    Tounkan namo in Guinea: Unwelcome home

    When young guys like Mamadou don’t succeed in their dangerous adventure from West Africa to Europe, they’re often not welcome back home. Why is there such pressure on men to succeed and how does this affect women? 


    In this episode, Khopotso Bodibe continues his conversation with a South African lawyer and rights activist Sharon Ekambaram and Julie Kleinman, a US anthropologist and author of the book “Adventure Capital: Migration and the Making of an African Hub in Paris”.


    This show has been produced with Khopotso Bodibe in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Naira Davlashyan, Marta Rodríguez-Martinez, Lillo Montalto Monella in Lyon, France, Arwa Barkallah and Mame Peya Diaw in Dakar, Senegal. Special thanks go to Lory Martinez, Clizia Sala from Studio Ochenta for helping us produce this podcast. Theme by Gabriel Dalmasso. Our editor-in-chief is Yasir Khan. For more information on Cry Like a Boy, a Euronews original series and podcast, go to Euronews.com to find opinion pieces, videos and articles on the topic.
     
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    • 16 min
    Tounkan namo in Guinea: Living abroad

    Tounkan namo in Guinea: Living abroad

    Many African migrants who take the dangerous journey into Europe will not make it. But the few who succeed in reaching their destinations still face hurdles. Fana left Guinea and arrived in France but was faced with the dilemmas of filling out the right documentation, meeting new friends, and trying to find a job. The tasks become even more difficult as she is Black. 
     
    In this episode, Khopotso Bodibe talks to South African lawyer and rights activist Sharon Ekambaram and Julie Kleinman, an American anthropologist and author of the book “Adventure Capital: Migration and the Making of an African Hub in Paris”.
     
    This show has been produced with Khopotso Bodibe in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Naira Davlashyan, Marta Rodríguez-Martinez, Lillo Montalto Monella in Lyon, France, Arwa Barkallah and Mame Peya Diaw in Dakar, Senegal. Special thanks go to Lory Martinez, Clizia Sala from Studio Ochenta for helping us produce this podcast. Theme by Gabriel Dalmasso. Our editor-in-chief is Yasir Khan.


    We would also like to thank our guests Sharon Ekambaram and Julie Kleinman. For more information on Cry Like a Boy, a Euronews original series and podcast, go to Euronews.com to find opinion pieces, videos and articles on the topic.
     
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    • 20 min
    Tounkan namo in Guinea: The Adventure

    Tounkan namo in Guinea: The Adventure

    Fana is 18 but he feels he became a man at the age of 12 when he decided to go on an adventure and leave his home in Guinea, seeking a better life in Europe. Unlike our previous hero Mamadou, he made it to France. In this episode, we explore what happens to the “tounkan namo”, or “the adventurers”, who succeed. And the price of their success.
     
    With original reporting and editing by Makeme Bamba in Conakry, Guinea and Naira Davlashyan in Loches, France. Marta Rodriguez Martinez, Lillo Montalto Monella & Arwa Barkallah in Lyon, Mame Peya Diaw in Nairobi, Lory Martinez in Paris, France and Clitzia Sala in London, UK. In this episode, we used music by Ba Cissoko. Production Design by Studio Ochenta. Theme by Gabriel Dalmasso. A special thanks to our producer Natalia Oelsner for collecting the music for this episode. Our editor-in-chief is Yasir Khan.
     
    If you’re a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French: Dans la Tête des Hommes. 
     
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    • 18 min
    Tounkan namo in Guinea: The Hero

    Tounkan namo in Guinea: The Hero

    After the death of his father all Mamadou Alpha wanted was to get his mother out of poverty and become her hero: The perfect son, the man of the family. At 18, he embarked on a dangerous migration route to Europe they call “the adventure”, or “tounkan” in the local Malinke language. Thousands of adventurers die trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life.
    But Mamadou survived. Yet, he considers his fate worse than death. After months of exhaustion, hunger, and forced labour during the “tounkan”, he was forcefully returned home only to face the anger of family members and friends.




    In this episode, we used music by Ba Cissoko. With original reporting and editing by Makeme Bamba in Conakry, Guinea and Naira Davlashyan, Marta Rodriguez Martinez, Lillo Montalto Monella & Arwa Barkallah in Lyon, Mame Peya Diaw in Nairobi, Lory Martinez in Paris, France and Clitzia Sala in London, UK. Production Design by Studio Ochenta. Theme by Gabriel Dalmasso. Special thanks to our producer Natalia Oelsner for collecting the music for this episode. Our editor in chief is Yasir Khan.


    For more information on Cry Like a Boy, a Euronews original series and podcast go to euronews.com/programs/cry-like-boy to find opinion pieces, videos and articles on the topic. Follow us @euronews on Twitter and @euronews.tv on Instagram. Our podcast is available on Castbox, Spotify, Apple or wherever you listen to podcasts. If you liked this episode, please give us five stars and leave a comment. We love reading those. Share with us your own stories of how you changed and challenged your view on what it means to be a man. Use #crylikeaboy. If you’re a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French: Dans la Tête des Hommes.
     
     
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    • 21 min
    Banna Ba Mamaenara in Lesotho: Absent fathers

    Banna Ba Mamaenara in Lesotho: Absent fathers

    Across Southern Africa, thousands of men are abandoning stable education and employment and are instead seeking a fantasy fortune in South Africa's abandoned mines. The illegal miners, known as the zama zamas, not only put their lives at risk but also leave their families behind in countries like Lesotho and Zimbabwe for weeks if not months at a time.


    In this podcast episode, we explore how men's desire for status can be destructive for families and how future generations are impacted by growing up with absent fathers. We delve into the conversation with Mpiwa Mangwiro, an advocacy specialist for MenEngage Africa Alliance based in Johannesburg, and Rosalind Morris, an award-winning anthropologist who has launched a project devoted to the illegal miners in South Africa.


    This show has been produced by Khopotso Bodibe, in Johannesburg; Pascalinah Kabi in Maseru, Lesotho; Lillo Montalto Monella, Marta Rodríguez Martinez, Naira Davlashyan, Arwa Barkallah and Mame Peya Diaw in Lyon. Special thanks go to Lory Martinez and Clizia Sala from Studio Ochenta. The music theme by Gabriel Dalmasso. Cry Like a Boy is an original Euronews podcast that aims at promoting a cross-border discussion on gender roles and at better understand gender issues in Africa. If you are a French speaker, this podcast is also available in French "Dans la tête des Hommes"
     
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    • 20 min

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