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
Parenting from a distance
Jambo la kutafuta kwa ajili ya kuangalia na kuhudumia familia yako ni jambo ambalo halikwepeki kwa mwanaume, tena ikiwa ni mwanaume anaewajibika katika majukumu yake.
Lakini, kwenye kutafuta wanaume wengi sana wamejikuta ikiwabidi kwenda kuishi mbali na familia zoo ili waweze kuzihudumia na pia waweze kutimiza ndoto walizonazo juu ya familia zao. Kuishi mbali na familia kunakuja na changamoto nyingi sana ambazo labda jamii haizitambui. Wanaume wengi wanateseka na namna ya kulea watoto wao, lakini pia hata namna ya kuboresha mahusiano na wenzi wao huku wakikabiliana na umbali uliopo kati yao.
Philip Changala alihamia Dar es Salaam kutoka Dodoma mwaka 2016, akaacha familia yake Dodoma yenye mtoto mdogo kabisa. Leo hii ameamua kuzungumza na sisi namna maisha ya kuwa mbali na familia, hususani familia changa inavyoweza kuwa na changamoto nyingi sana kwa mwanaume, na namna ambavyo inaweza kuwa chanzo kikubwa cha changamoto ya afya ya akili kwa mwanaume.
Nadia anaelezea namna ambavyo mwanaume anaweza akapambana na hali hiyo, lakini pia ni hatua zipi za kuchukua ili kuhakikisha nafasi yako kama baba na kama mume bado inabaki hata kama maisha yamekupeleka mbali na familią yako
This one is for the books. Our episode with Walter Bgoya, a senior citizen and longtime publisher in Tanzania, is all about intergenerational conversations.
Walter dives into this episode and shares his insights as a man on parenting, business, relationships, his values as a man but also, working with his son in the same family business, and how to cultivate a relationship between a father and his children.
He also speaks on the differences between men of his generation and this generation. What they got right then, and what they should have done better, as well as sharing his thoughts on the current generation of men in terms of what they get right and what concerns him. We would confidently say this is that episode that brings men of different generations together and maybe have them learn from each other’s experiences.
Ukweli wa ndoa yangu
Linapokuja swala la ndoa na mafanikio ya ndoa watu wengi huwa na mitazamo tofauti. Wapo wanaosema ndoa ni ngumu na si rahisi kufanikiwa kwenye ndoa, na wapo wanaosema ndoa ni ngazi ya mafanikio pale wanandoa wanapokubaliana kwenye hilo.
Leo hii, sisi tunajiuliza, ni nini nafasi ya mwanaume kwenye kuifanya ndoa ifanikiwe? Ni kweli kwamba ndoa inapaswa kuwa ngumu? Kwa wanaume ambao wamefanikiwa kuishi kwenye ndoa vizuri na kwa muda mrefu, ipi imekuwa chachu ya mafanikio hayo?
Julius Mlacha ana umri wa miaka 50, na ndoa yake inakaribia miaka 25. Ameungana na Michael na Nadia kwenye maongezi haya akielezea kiundani siri ya mafanikio kwenye ndoa yake, na namna gani mwanaume ana nafasi na jukumu kubwa sana kwenye kuhakikisha ndoa yake inadumu na ina stawi katika namna bora. Huu ni ukweli kuhusu ndoa yake
Inflation and Mental Health
The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.
This week, we're talking about inflation and mental health. A topic that's been a little too close to home for us lately.
We've all been there. You wake up on a Monday morning and realize that your entire life has changed since that weekend at the bar. You can't afford anything you want or need, and it's all your fault. Or maybe you're just trying to figure out how to manage this new normal of having less money every single day. Either way, we've got some advice on what to do when the world around you is changing faster than your earnings can keep up with.
We all need a second chance
Loving your father can be complicated. Especially if he has been in and out of your life without any explanations for most of it. When he calls for help, do you go running to assist or do you hold back and doubt whether to help him or not? So many questions that are difficult to answer.
Mark, who was our first ever guest on the Podcast is back again, and this time he is talking about how he repaired his relationship with his father and how he had to look past his pain and disappointments for him to be able to look after him. The big lesson here is that we all need a second chance.
We decided to not have kids
When the subject of parenthood comes up, you can expect to hear all kinds of opinions. But here's one I don't think anyone will disagree with: there are some people who just aren't cut out to be parents. And it's not because they are not good people or that they would make bad parents, no. It's because for some people, being a parent is a calling and it is just not for everyone.
Dr Mujuni, a gynaecologist and his wife who is also a medic have been married for more than four years, and at the beginning of this year they made a decision to not have kids. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but now they've found themselves more fulfilled than ever. So, what prompted them to that decision? Join the conversation on this episode