On Tuesday afternoon, Valentine’s Day, the Carnivore Simba Saloon hosted Kenya’s first-ever true Men’s Conference.
The Men’s Conference event, which was organised by Stephen Letoo, the self-declared chairman, started at 2 p.m. and lasted until later that night.
Mental health, polygamy, relationships, money, religion, family laws, baby mamas, divorce, and parenthood were some of the subjects that were covered.
Ian Mbugua, a well-known music educator and actor, disputed the idea that Men’s Conference was intended to monopolise Valentine’s Day.
Mbugua pointed out that the purpose of the conference was to give men a forum to discuss topics that concern them.
Among other things, panelists Mbugua, city attorney Danstan Omari, Dr. Frank Njenga, Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai, Pastor Simon Mbevi, and event organiser Chris Kirwa remarked that masculinity in men is steadily vanishing in contemporary culture.
“Men used to provide. Today I will not shy to say, men have been womanised. They are waiting to be provided for.” Omari asked.
“We are dealing with men who want to be provided for. How do we deal with it?”
Mbugua urged men to get help if they experience psychological problems during his speech on mental health.
“It’s up to them (men) to decide. They should ask themselves, do I need help or not? And if I need help, where can I get it from?” Mbugua posed.
“They are people who are trained to do this. There are counselors and psychologists who are trained for this. That is their job. Look for one and seek help,” he said.
Men of all ages from all across the nation attended the event, which was hosted by media star Shaffie Weru and prominent comedian and TV host Dr. Ofweneke.
Swaleh Mdoe, a news anchor for Citizen TV, and Anthony Kiragu Karanja, a minority leader in Nairobi County, were among the other guests.