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Momodou Posted - 02 Sep 2017 : 12:48:21
How a Gambian manhood ceremony helps turn London boys into men

When Davis Williams went to the Gambia, he saw boys undergoing a formal ceremony celebrating manhood. He now uses the idea to help boys from African and Caribbean families in London

Michelle Harris
Saturday 2 September 2017

We live in a time where young people gain their confidence by how many likes and followers they have on social media: we want to offer them something more meaningful,” says Davis Williams, father of two and co-founder of the Manhood Academy, an organisation that offers mentoring to boys to aid what can sometimes be a rocky transition between adolescence and manhood (or adulthood).

Under the slogan “Boys are born, Men are made”, the Manhood Academy reaches out to boys from African and Caribbean communities in London whose fathers are absent or unable to provide the support and encouragement that is crucial if they are to become confident and successful men....

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