Former NTV worker, Joel Ssenyonyi last week told a local newspaper about his Christian faith and the fact that he is 32 and still a virgin, something that shocked many.
Ssenyonyi who is now People Power spokesperson, said the situation comes with temptations but he is ready to wait for God’s appointed time.
“It is not a rare thing for starters; there are many virgin men out there like myself, but they are not in the media like I am. However, it’s a discipline one cultivates. I for example, told myself years ago I will only have sex with my wife. I am not married yet, but when I marry, I will do it. That doesn’t mean it’s easy; there are many temptations and more come in when you are in the limelight, but you take a stand and decide like I did that I will have sex when I marry, and only with my wife,” Joel said.
He added, “God helps me because I am human, because if He does not help me, I am in trouble, oh my goodness!”
The former business reporter also listed the qualities of a good woman he wants saying when he chooses to marry, the woman must fear the Lord.
“A woman who loves the Lord, someone who is a friend. I want to marry someone who is my friend because when you fight with a friend, it’s different because you know at the end of it all you are still buddies,” Joel said.
When asked about what he cannot live without, Joel mentioned his phone saying it allows him to read his Bible wherever he is and coordinate his work.
BELOW IS HIS PROFILE
He is a Muruuli by tribe who grew up in Kyengera, a Kampala City suburb.
“I am the first born to my mother. She was the official wife, the wedded wife. We are four of us. My father was a hardworking man. So, I have half-brothers and half-sisters, each of them with their own mother. But eventually, many of these half-brothers were brought to our home. My mother asked my father to bring them. She said I will raise the children. So, we grew up together. Unfortunately, we had to leave our Kyengera home, move elsewhere and began to live real life after the separation of our parents,” Ssenyonyi told The Observer, a local newspaper recently.
“So, we went to live somewhere and it was a kitchen really! In that room we were six of us: my mother, myself, my three siblings and then a maid that we came with from Kyengera. I remember my mother going without food some nights so we [children] could eat the little that was there.”
Ssenyonyi admits that during his childhood, he was a naughty and inquisitive boy who used to disturb his mother a lot.
“I got beatings from my mother. Mothers can beat! I guess that is why we love them. You know they can beat with anything: slippers, hanger. My father, he never laid his hand on me at all, or any of my siblings. It never happened, for many reasons. Partly because he was a stay-away father.”
He studied at Trinity Academy Primary School Bukoto for his Primary Seven, St Lawrence Citizen High School for his O and A Levels.
“When I was younger, I wanted to become a lawyer. But then I thought but these lawyers are liars. I did want to work on TV. I remember in my O-level, I was chairman debating club. Of course I became prefect in different portfolios. In S6, I was still chairman debating club. I became head boy again. I was a tough one.”
“I remember in my vacation, UBC advertised looking for anchors. I applied, with nothing. I didn’t have even the senior six results. People applied with master’s degrees, diplomas and so on. But somehow I had this gusto in me of it will happen. So, we go, we do interviews and cross over to the next round, like that, like that. I remember the final round and these people were asking how old are you? I am like, ‘I am 19’. They say, ‘you are 19! Are you at campus or what?’ I say ‘I am in S6 vacation’. My results are not out yet. They looked at each other…but they liked what I offered. They chose two us: myself and a lady, to begin working.”
Despite enrolling for a science course [bachelors degree of science in business statistics], Ssenyonyi remained committed to journalism.
When he left UBC, he joined NTV Uganda as a host and news anchor. He spent five years at the station before calling it quits last week.
In the 2011 general elections, Ssenyonyi contested for Central Youth Member of Parliament on Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) ticket. He lost.