Spots of a Leopard: On Being a Man
Spots of a Leopard – on being a man is a personal quest by the Zambian-born, journalist Aernout Zevenbergen to discover the meaning of manhood in Africa, during an era plagued by economic and political troubles, violence, and aids. On journeys he made through the continent since 1996, Zevenbergen encounters paupers and princes, a president and a preacher, bikers and truckers, a king dressed in rags as well as an ancestor who smokes like a chimney and drinks like a fish. ‘We are leopards who are trying to wipe away their spots.’
Zevenbergen asks questions few have dared to ask men in Africa. Each man responds passionately and intimately about his life, expectations, dreams and frustrations. Inspired by their honesty, Zevenbergen delves into his own questions of identity.
Spots of a leopard – on being a man is the result of a journey through the hearts and minds of men in over a dozen countries in Africa. ‘I did not set out to write something absurd like The All Encompassing Truth About Men In Africa. I wanted to tickle debate around issues of masculinity – a topic surrounded by a deafening silence. I wanted to hear the stories that men can tell on love and romance, sex and loneliness, friendship and fatherhood.’
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