Roles and responsibilities of a Man in Kenya

ByBizhack Editorial

Feb 18, 2023
Roles and responsibilities of a Man in Kenya

Manhood in Kenya is no longer defined solely by traditional expectations, but by the ability to be an active and responsible participant in society. As a man in Kenya, your roles and responsibilities are changing, and you are expected to take on a greater role in the development of your community.

In this blog, we explore the various roles and responsibilities of a man in Kenya, from providing economic support to giving back to the community. We’ll also look at how these roles are changing in the modern world, and how men can best adapt to their changing roles.

The Cultural Perspective of Men in Kenya

In Kenya, a man is seen as the head of the family, the decision maker and problem solver.

He is expected to provide shelter and financial stability for his family and take responsibility for their wellbeing.

He should also strive for success in his professional life and set a good example for his children.

Being a man in Kenya also means being supportive of your wife and helping her with daily household tasks.

It is expected that men should act as leaders in their communities and be seen as an authority figure by younger generations.

They are also expected to give back to the community where possible by getting involved in volunteer work or joining initiatives that help to make a positive difference.

The cultural perspective of men in Kenya places great emphasis on respect for other people, respect for the environment, and respecting traditional values such as honor, loyalty and hard work.

Men are expected to embody these values so that they can lead by example— not only within their immediate family, but also within society at large.

Responsibilities of a Man in Marriage

The roles and responsibilities of a man in a Kenyan marriage are numerous and vary depending on the individual.

Generally speaking, though, you have the responsibility to bring financial stability to your family.

This may involve getting an education, finding a job, and saving for crucial life milestones such as buying a house or sending your children to school.

You must also take responsibility to lead by example in your marriage and family.

This means having the strength of character to remain calm in difficult situations and demonstrating emotional maturity when facing challenges.

Additionally, it means working on communication skills with your spouse and other relatives, ensuring everyone’s feelings are respected and valued in decision-making processes.

Finally, remember that the most important role of all is that of being an active partner in raising happy and healthy children.

You’ll need to support your spouse through difficult pregnancy experiences and times of adjustment afterwards, while completing household chores as necessary to help build a stable environment for your growing family.

Challenges Men Face in Kenya

Men in Kenya face a few challenges in upholding their roles and responsibilities.

Economic challenges, as well as social challenges, can affect the ways men carry out their roles and responsibilities in a family.

Economic Challenges

The cost of living in Kenya is growing higher and higher, which makes it challenging for men to provide for their families when income does not match the pace of the economy.

Even if a man manages to get a job or two, there might not be enough opportunities available to expand or diversify his income sources.

Social Challenges

Men also face social challenges when it comes to upholding their roles and responsibilities.

For instance, they are expected to uphold traditional gender roles which limit them from becoming a more involved parent


From taking on additional responsibilities outside of the home such as taking on leadership positions in the community or organizations.

This can be especially challenging when there are limited opportunities for advancement.

The effects of these economic and social challenges can make it difficult for men to provide for their families and remain an active part in society. Despite facing these obstacles, men in Kenya are still expected to uphold their roles and responsibilities with diligence and determination.

The Role of Men in Education

As a man living in Kenya, you have an important role to play when it comes to education. It’s your responsibility to ensure that children in your family and the communities you live in have access to good quality education and are encouraged to reach their full potential.

There are several ways you can do this:

Showing Support

It starts with showing support for education by taking an active role in supporting children in the family and community. This includes helping them with their studies at home and encouraging them to pursue higher learning.


Volunteering at schools is also a great way for men in Kenya to contribute to the improvement of education standards.

There are many volunteer positions available, from teaching, mentoring, and tutoring students, to helping out with administrative tasks or fundraising efforts.

Seeing men taking an active role helps create a positive learning environment and makes children more confident in their ability to achieve success.

Offering Financial Help

Currently there are very few educational opportunities available for youth who come from low-income families.

You can help bridge this gap by offering financial assistance or donations, which can make a big difference in helping young people get access to quality education.

The Rights and Responsibilities of Fathers

As a man in Kenya, you have the duty to protect and provide for your family. This means providing them with food, shelter, and clothing.

You bear the responsibility of setting an example for your children and teaching them how to become productive members of society.

You must also provide for the emotional and physical needs of your family members.

Moreover, you must be willing to accept responsibility for the decisions that you make as a father. You should strive to be an example of responsible behavior, both morally and financially. This includes making sure that you pay bills on time and maintain an appropriate lifestyle that adheres to traditional Kenyan values.


As a man in Kenya, you do have certain rights as well. For example, you have the right to a fair trial in the Kenyan justice system and can appeal any court decisions if necessary.

Additionally, you have the right to practice your religion freely and can reorganize or participate in any religious activities should you choose to do so.

Furthermore, you have the right to own property—including land—and may transfer it without government interference or taxation.

In conclusion, as a man in Kenya you are expected to be responsible for both protecting and providing for your family while also upholding traditional norms within society.

It is important that all of your rights are acknowledged by other members of the community so that everyone may benefit from positive relationships within Kenya’s social structure.

Economic Roles and Responsibilities of Men in a Family

Being a man in Kenya comes with a lot of responsibility, and that includes economic roles and responsibilities.

You are the breadwinner of the family, and as such, you have a lot to take into account when making decisions.

Providing The Family’s Needs

As a man in Kenya, your task is to ensure that the basic needs of your family are met.

This means providing for their food, shelter, clothing and education expenses—and other financial commitments you have taken on for the well-being of your family.

Earning A Living

It may not come as a surprise to you but men in Kenya are expected to be employed in order to sustain their families.

It is therefore essential that you find employment or have an income-generating activity that can help you provide these basic needs for your family without overburdening them.

Supporting Your Family Financially

There may be times when your partner or child needs extra funds for medical bills or even tuition fees.

As the head of the household, these financial obligations should not be taken lightly so it is important that you plan ahead so that you can meet such needs when they arise.

It also helps if you have an emergency fund saved up for those situations when unexpected costs arise so make sure to be smart about money management and build up savings whenever possible.

In conclusion, it is clear that the roles and responsibilities of a man in Kenya are both varied and important.

Men are expected to provide for their families, be the head of their households, and serve their communities in a variety of ways.

However, Kenyan men also have the opportunity to be more active in the political and economic lives of their nation, and to create a more equitable society for all people.

By understanding and embracing their roles and responsibilities, Kenyan men can help to build a better future for all.