ukzn-the-man-in-me__ Social Sciences student Mr Khethani Njoko recently launched his book The Man in Me at the Durban Botanical Gardens. The book, with a foreword by KZN MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, seeks to respond to the challenges facing a man in today’s society. ‘The book looks at seven aspects - Religion, Culture, Family, Economy, Technology, Post-modernism, and Socio-psychology - which have influenced and shifted the conscience of a man from one direction to another. It proposes solutions to the challenges that arise from these aspects,’ said Njoko. The idea for the book came from Njoko’s own personal struggles of being abandoned by his father, gender-based violence and not having proper male role models to look up to in his life. ‘I found it very hard to forgive and all of this has taught me that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I am who I am today because of what I went through,’ he said. Njoko is passionate about, what he calls, manhood restoration. He travels to universities across the country as part of his Man in Responsibility organisation, hosting seminars about the challenging life he led and how it has shaped him to be the person he is today. In his seminars he talks about manhood and the importance of knowing value, identity and character as a man. ‘A lot of young men have benefited tremendously from all my seminars and most of those who have attended say that their lives have changed for the better and they go on to become ambassadors for social change and display responsible behaviour,’ said Njoko. His message to the youth is: ‘learn to believe in yourself first before others can believe in you’. For more information and to buy a copy of the book, email info@khethaninjoko.co.za  

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