This week we talked to our Nairobi Programme Manager, and the lead on the DREAMS-IC programme, funded by PEPFAR and managed by JSI, with Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA). Raised in Morocco but then living in Canada for ten years, Othman Mezouar now lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
It’s hard to choose, but if I had to I would say Shoot Those STIs. It’s simple, it’s fun, and it gives a really clear overview to players of what HIV does to the human body.
Every topic and every message is important, but answering in the Kenyan context and my experience, I think removing stigma is a priority. If we look at the UNAIDS targets, there’s still a gap where we need to get more people tested and part of why people don’t test is because of the stigma and fear associated with that.
We’ve finished working there for now but Cameroon seems interesting. They speak French like me, for a start. And coming from North Africa and having been in East Africa for over a year, it would be a completely different experience going there. I’d love to see the differences; I’m curious.
4. How would describe TackleAfrica in a sentence?
A young and dynamic organisation, with a huge potential to reach at-risk adolescent boys and girls using the popularity of football.
Tennis… ha no that’s not true. I’m still thinking I’ll be a professional footballer actually.
7. If you could learn a new skill in a day what would it be?
How to switch off from work, when work involves football. Football is my religion.
8. What is your favourite meal?
Couscous (because I’m Moroccan) and Poutine (because I’m Canadian).
9. Arsenal, Liverpool, Newcastle, Man Utd, West Ham, Tottenham… Pick one!
FC Barcelona. I can’t choose between these teams because I respect them all.
So, this week we learned that it’s a brave man who doesn’t choose West Ham when his West Ham-supporting manager is conducting the interview. But at least he’s honest. And it’s clear Othman, or OT as well call him, lives and breathes football. You’re leaving tomorrow – why take money, credit card or phone when you can take a football?!