If you thought that prostitution is only women for women, then you are wrong, meet Mama G, as he calls himself, a male sex worker and a gay.
The name was given by his friends because of the work he has been in for the longest time now, and he has come out to speak about his homosexual life as well as being a sex worker.
He says men are shy from revealing to the world that they are sex workers.
Well, he was the first Kenyan to speak for them and to advocate gays rights.
So how did he find himself in this job as a male sex worker?
“Like any other job, sex work is also work. As Mama G, who earns a living from sex work, I take it seriously, and despite people giving me other options, which I don’t take because I appreciate my work so much and therefore I searched for it, kazi hutafutwa haikutafuti. For the past eight years, I have been a sex worker and getting my earning from that. A good earning, indeed.”
How is it as a man?
“The job pays a lot. We can’t just go on the street and parade there like the women do and say that we are sex workers. So what we do, we use social media to reach our clients.
“We have gay sites where we meet our gay clients and we also have gay clubs.”
When did he discover that he was gay?
“It is hard for one to just reveal yourself that you are gay. I used to be attracted to fellow men, though I hid it because of my background as an African, more so a Kenyan.
I did that but it reached a time that I could no longer hide. I am a sex worker and happily married with my man in the house.”
Let’s talk about his family and whether they know about him being a gay and a sex worker.
“I have not told them about it but I think they know because it is on social media and I have done some interviews on local TVs here in Kenya and they saw me then. The fact that I am their breadwinner, I think that is why they cannot ask me about it.”
Before him, few men have come out to speak about their unorthodox orientation. Mama G said most of them fear being killed or even discriminated against.
“Being a male sex worker in Kenya and Africa is challenging because there is discrimination from the society, and you may end up even being stoned or even killed,” he said.
“So we hide so that we are not discriminated against. Some say it is a taboo but the truth is, sex work and homosexuality is real, and it is not a foreign thing like many people may think. Myself I have not travelled out the country and I’m gay.”
How has his life been affected?
“This job has really affected me. For instance, going to church becomes a problem because you cannot be allowed in or even be allowed to associate with churchgoers. People discriminate against you and they do not want to be associated with you. They think it is a disease like Ebola or any airborne disease, and they do not even want to shake your hand.
“I was brought up from a humble background, where I used to go to church, but being that I wanted to live my life, I became an outcast to the society.
“I have since made new friends, because those I had in school left me because they knew I was gay even in high school because I was suspended several times.”
He hopes to have kids in future, but he says he cannot change his work because he is comfortable with it.
However, he does not wish his profession on others. “I do not advise young people to join sex work,” he said.