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Masculinity in African Culture: A Necessary Paradigm Shift for Sustainable Health and Wellbeing

Emmanuel O. Amoo, Covenant University
Adebanke Olawole-Isaac, Covenant University Canaanland
Faith Osasumwen Olanrewaju, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
Lady Adaina Ajayi, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria

The study utilized systematic review and in-depth interviews to assess the linkages between masculinity attributes and men health towards achievement of health-for-all in sub-Saharan Africa. Studies published in Scopus, PubMed, and Web of Knowledge between 1970 and mid-2019 were reviewed. The in-depth interview was conducted only in Nigeria among men leaders (at community and official levels). From the on-going analysis, the in-depth interviews revealed two specific types of manliness in sub-Saharan African communities: traditional- and modern-African man. Prominent among the 4 masculinity typologies identified that are linked to sexual and reproductive health are: (1) the dominance/toughness traits which accord men brazen impunity in sexual latitude (having many wives, concubinage, etc.); (2) the self-sufficient that could encourage poor-health seeking habit for himself and family members. The findings could enhance policy framework to effect change in behaviour that are inimical to realization of health-for-all agenda in sub-Saharan Africa.

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  Presented in Session 114. Masculinities in Africa: Discourses Regarding Men Sexualities, Health and wellbeing In A Male-Controlled Society