In this final part of the in-depth look at the pornography industry in Kenya, Mpasho observes that no worker in this industry knew they would end up here. No-one told their high school teacher that when they grew up, their ambition was to be a porn actor, producer or distributor. It just happened!

Of Good Report starring Mothusi Magano, left, and Petronella Tshuma, who plays the girl

 

“There are those who are desperate, there are those who are proud…it just depends on the demand,” he say of the demand-supply aspect in the business.

In this four-part series, Joseph revealed how he never wanted to be involved in the dirty business of creating blue movies. He, shockingly, used to be a school owner. He used to mould young people to be the future change-makers; he was different.

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However, now that Joseph has changed, he’s now committed himself to being an activist. He pushes for societal development, having been through thick and thin. He knows the ins and outs of how people behave when they are in need of money and they view pornography acting as a way out  of their situation.

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Joseph reveals that  “tailor-made” sexual content is normally high budget; “you have to invest big money to make big money.”

Some of his clients included bank managers, wealthy Indians among other influential people. A former minister from Hon. Mwai Kibaki’s government used to order porn movies, specifically made for him.

I used to make for him tailor made movies which i used to deliver to Lilian towers; he like watching the movies live as i filmed them. it was big money – Joseph Revealed

The former King of Porn also gives us an insight about how he gets to make a  profit. He says his actors were paid “according to their level of desperation,” which means, the more they needed the money, the less they got paid.

He once paid what he describes as a super sexy, hot Ethiopian girl only 2,000 shillings because she was in dire need of cash. The most he has paid an actor per episode was 50,000 shillings.

Just like any other dirty job, say drug smuggling or document forgery, the King of Porn didn’t wish to start this business. After moving to the capital with his wife, he lacked a formal source of income and when the idea of creating porn came, he never looked back.

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From putting up posters in town to sourcing for vendors, it was a journey for him. He reveals more of this and his life regrets in a book he published titled Confessions Of The King Of Porn, which talks about his journey as the king of porn in the city of Nairobi. It highlights his trials and tribulations.

So, the biggest conclusion from this piece is that many porn producers and actors in Kenya do it as a last resort; a means to an end and not because they think it is fun. It’s a tough life and given that the law does not support it; one has to grow a thick skin in order to be successful.

Watch the final installment from the king of Porn.