People Power Movement Spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi is finally off the shelf after making his marriage vows with fiancé now wife official.
He couldn’t hide his excitement and opted to take to social media where he shared the good news “Behold, Mr. & Mrs. Ssenyonyi,” he tweeted.
Ssenyonyi’s ‘scientific’ wedding comes at a time when the country is also preparing for a ‘scientific’ electioneering period.
In 2017, Ssenyonyi is quoted to have said that he still a virgin. “I’m a virgin, some people might think that maybe I do not have opportunities, or that my ‘things’ don’t function. Of opportunities, they are immense,” he is quoted to have told one of the local newspapers.
“About the ‘things’ God blessed me with, they are working. However, just because they work, doesn’t mean I go all over putting them in every place,” he added.
Now that he finally has a wife, all we can say is cheers to the Ssenyonyis and may you use the “things God blessed you with” fully.
– Who is Ssenyonyi? –
Now 33 years old, Ssenyonyi was born to Joseph Besekezi Ssenyonyi and Dorothy Nankunda Senyonyi. 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 some time last year.
“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 completed hi primary seven from Trinity Academy Primary School Bukoto, then went to St Lawrence Citizen 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,” he said.
“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 of us: myself and a lady, to begin working.”
Even after enrolling for a science course at university, 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 year. He was later appointed as Spokesperson for the People Power, a Political Movement with Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine as its Leader.