Ugandan ex-porn addict wants his story turned into film

POLLY KAMUKAMA

Godfrey Kuteesa was 13 years old when he was first exposed to pornography.

Three years later, he lost his virginity and by the time he was 25, he had slept with dozens of women, and was operating an underground sex racket responsible for organizing orgy nights and arranging escort services in Kampala.

Godfrey Kuteesa speaking about his addiction during one of his conferences

Godfrey Kuteesa speaking about his addiction during one of his conferences

Now, the 29-year-old has launched a bid to have his extraordinary struggle with porn and sex addiction turned into a film.

“I would love to have my life story shared with as many people as possible across the world, and I think film is the one medium that can help me achieve that,” explained the reformed Ugandan pornographer who has so far written seven inspirational journals about his debauched past since coming clean at the start of last year.

Speaking to this blog in an exclusive interview last week, Kuteesa expressed his desire to partner with a number of local and international filmmakers to make sure that his incredible story is brought to life on screen.

Kuteesa (C) has since been taking motivational lectures to schools and churches across the East African region.

Kuteesa (C) has since been taking motivational lectures to schools and churches across the East African region.

He says plans are already underway to produce a mini-documentary about his journey and some of the work he has done in the past one year, which he will then use as a pitch for a potential feature-length biopic.

The film, which he hopes to call Every Man’s Battle, will offer a bold and honest look at the drastic effects of pornography on individuals, families and society at large as told through Kuteesa’s own experiences.

Now a firebrand evangelist and motivational speaker, Kuteesa recalls with sadness how his innocence was stolen the day he sat down with his two friends to watch a two-hour-long blue movie back in 1998.

Kuteesa (R) with a Kenyan TV crew during one of his visits in the country where he shared his inspiring story with school children.

Kuteesa (R) with a Kenyan TV crew during one of his visits in the country where he shared his inspiring story with school children.

“I gave my heart to pornography that day. It first became a hobby, then it became a habit and finally it spiraled into an addiction within a year or two,” he painfully recounted.

It would take him 16 years of utmost shame and near death experiences to finally admit that he had a problem and come out to seek help.

Kuteesa’s depraved lifestyle, which at one point saw him juggle 22 girlfriends at the same time, first came to public attention in December 2013 when he appeared on the popular NTV show, Men.

Kuteesa has since dedicated his life to helping youngsters kick bad addictions

Kuteesa has since dedicated his life to helping youngsters kick bad addictions

He shocked fellow panelists and the audience at large when he boasted of running a multi-million shilling escort service company. He argued that prostitution and pornography were very good for Ugandan people and the economy.

Astonishingly, that latenight TV appearance, where he faced-off with outspoken moralist Pastor Martin Sempa, would turn out to be his real turning point.

Straight from the studio, Kuteesa went to organize a sex orgy which was to be streamed live on his cybersex portal. Something strange happened.

“We were testing the equipment a few minutes to the vidcast when suddenly the lights jammed. I had thousands of clients logged in already, so millions of money was at stake,” recalls the faith and lifestyle blogger who has dedicated his life to helping youngsters overcome bad addictions.

He adds that he then heard God’s voice commanding him to stop whatever he was about to do.

One year on after he denounced his abhorrent career and gave his life to Christ, the man who at the height of his sin considered himself bisexual, can now be seen on TV strenuously castigating a vice that once fed him.

Kuteesa, who plummeted from a straight A-student to an academic flop and was eventually forced to abandon his university course to launch a career in adult entertainment, has also been taking lectures to schools and churches across the East African region.

“I keep telling the people that I meet that you will never be healed from sexual immorality if you don’t publically confess, repent and testify,” he says, revealing he prescribes a threesome strategy that includes educating, empowering and equipping parents to be able to keep their kids away from the beast that is porn.

And with plans to have a movie made about him beginning to take shape, Kuteesa, who used to charge a cool $ 500 (about Shs1.4m) for a night with one of his many high-end prostitutes, and managed to evade the law by using many aliases,  hopes his message will grow to have a global impact.

“I want my film to be called Every Man’s Struggle because I believe pornography is now a cultural issue in Uganda. From schools children to married couples, everyone is getting hooked to porn,” declared the single father of a two-year-old daughter born out of his trysts.

A number of critically-acclaimed films have previously addressed the effects of porn and sex addiction with perhaps the most poignant one being Steve McQuuen’s 2011 hit Shame.

Whether Kuteesa’s story can eventually inspire a film of that reverence remains to be seen.

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