The popular saying that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder is far from being just an adage. It is absolutely true! What one man calls poison is surely another man’s (or woman’s) delicious meat. Or else how can you relate with this live story you are about to read if the above were not so.
This story surfaced online sometime last week, and I thought it was one of those stories that goes viral on the internet once in a while, until I found out this is actually a true live story from a very reliable source. Uganda’s Ugliest man is better with the ‘babes’ than most guys out there.
An average person would give up on life with a shape and figure like this, not to mention, if the tag “the ugliest man” was slammed on you. You would think this will make anybody’s life a miserable one, even a nightmare. How dare you think that such person will lead a normal life and have a family? Who would marry a man with that face? But all this did not stop Godfrey Baguma from living his life on his own terms, neither did it stop Kate Namanda from falling in love with him and mothering his kids.
Godfrey, who is a musician (and who has an album to his name), is suffering from a rare, unknown medical condition, which is the reason for his looks. The former cobbler, 47, married his second wife Kate Namanda, 30, in 2013, after he sent his first wife packing on the grounds of infidelity after they had two kids together.
Speaking with KFM, he said: “I caught her cheating with another man and I assured her our relationship was over. She liked me because of my money, but people kept telling her that she could do better, so she started eloping with another man.”
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But what his first wife did not appreciate, Kate, is right now enjoying. According to her; “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.”
But it was not that easy between them. Godfrey met Kate when she was just 18 years old and lived with her for four years before Kate’s family knew where she was.
Describing how he wooed Kate, Godfrey said;
“I stayed with her four years before her people knew where she was. I didn’t want them to see me until we had a child because they would definitely advise her to leave me. She left me when she was six months pregnant but I think she later accepted her fate because she came back two months later. I told her that I didn’t choose to look the way I do and that if she feels I am a burden, she is free to leave me.”
An advise she obviously did not take as the couple had a lavish wedding ceremony in his hometown Kyazanga, in the Lwengo District of Uganda in 2013. Guests at the wedding had to pay 4,000 Ugandan shillings (about 70p) to attend the reception and see the woman Ssebabi (meaning, the ugliest of all ), married. They now have six children together.
Godfrey, who initially worked as a cobbler, quit the trade after being crowned the “ugliest man of Uganda.” He started using his looks to make a living. He would make public appearances, just so that people could see who they called “the ugliest man.” And since he didn’t just want people to stare at him, he launch his singing and comedy career.
Here he is in action: