Ahmed Malek “My mother taught me that manhood is honesty”

Ahmed Malek is this force of nature, mastering one role after the other, while he is still in his early twenties. He reflects a new generation of men given his young age and ability to empathize with others given his deeply en-rooted acting talents, of which we only saw the tip of the iceberg.

In your opinion, how would you define manhood?

I am against adding labels to everything. I don’t really believe there is a fixed definition, in my opinion; there is nothing called manhood or womanhood. We are all human beings.

How does society view manhood?

I believe society’s definition of manhood is a big cliché. Society relates manhood to the amount of money a man makes and whether he looks physically “strong” enough or not. Just like how women are expected to look pretty and talk in a certain way.

“Many Egyptian men engage in different forms of sexual harassment of women, this needs to stop.”

Is there something you wanted to do but you were afraid of how society is going view it?

Society asks men to bottle-up their feelings as it’s often viewed as a sign of weakness.

Do men cry? When was the last time you cried?

Of course men cry. The last time I cried was during an acting workshop.

How did your parents help you understand the meaning of manhood?

My mother taught me that manhood is to become an honest human being who cares and sympathize with others.

What would be the one characteristic you would like to change in the Egyptian man?

Many Egyptian men engage in different forms of sexual harassment of women, this needs to stop.

What advice would you give your future daughter when choosing a man? 

The most important advice I will give my future daughter is to choose an honest man.



El RogoolaAdab aims at challenging the status quo, creating awareness on how boys are raised to become men and the impact these misconceptions have on the situation of women in Egypt.

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