“Uganda’s Ugliest Man,” Godfrey Baguma, has embraced his not so kind nickname, and for the most part, it seems to be working for him.
Not only did the country’s famous figure become a father for the eighth time recently, but he also has launched a music career.
And going by the video and the catchy, feel-good music, you can’t help but smile.
He released his debut track in October of 2014, but since becoming a father eight times over in late June, it has skyrocketed in views.
YouTube currently shows the dance number with more than 2.3 million views to be exact.
For a man forced to live with the moniker of “Uganda’s Ugliest Man,” Baguma seems to have a more fulfilling life than many so-called “ordinary” individuals, who lack his distinctive physical characteristics.
A bit of background on Godfrey, who is also known as Sebabi (or “ugliest of them all”): his medical condition is, of course, beyond his control and from birth.
He was married once before to a woman with whom he had two children. He’s currently married to 32-year-old Kate Namanda, who is the mother of his remaining six.
The 49-year-old married her in 2013, though they started having their six children in 2008. His first wife cheated on him, he told KFM, after which he “assured her our relationship was over.”
The Christina Milian blog explains that Ssebabi (his stage name) isn’t in the least bit ashamed of his dubious title and that he actually “enjoys making fun of himself.”
Kate doesn’t see anything unusual about their romance either, saying this about their relationship.
“Once you find a man you think is right for you, do not listen to what other people say. Follow your heart. Money and physical appearance should not be an issue.”
While “Uganda’s Ugliest Man” can’t do anything about his physical appearance, he is cashing in on his fame and unexpectedly pleasant voice.
Here’s his popular hit so you can hear/see it for yourself.
This isn’t the first time that a person with a noticeable physical disability has been able to capitalize on something that could, by many, be seen as a disadvantage.
Take Lizzie Velasquez, whose cruel title of “world’s ugliest woman,” eventually became the basis for the inspiring documentary, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.
Lizzie and Ssebabi have been praised for taking control of their narratives and becoming an inspiration to all.
What did you think of the so-called “Uganda’s Ugliest Man” and his debut video? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image of “Uganda’s Ugliest Man” via YouTube screen grab, linked above]