'Losing Lerato' star Kagiso Modupe shares how he became a millionaire

'Losing Lerato' star Kagiso Modupe shares how he became a millionaire

"I used my private parts to become a millionaire" - Kagiso Modupe explains how getting circumcised and asking other men to join him helped him make his first million. 

Kagiso Modupe
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Kagiso Modupe is one of the most successful actors and film directors in South Africa. But working in the entertainment industry is not the only way he makes his money. 

The filmmaker opened up about how he made his first million during an interview with King David Studio

He said he used his "private parts"! 

"I became a millionaire, it's funny, I used my private parts to become a millionaire," he told David. 

READ: Archbishop Tutu urges for intervention on circumcision practices

He says at the time he was married and not circumcised and he used the opportunity to get circumcised as a way of helping him make money. 

"I was like okay, I'm married. I think at that time I was married for like twelve years," he said during the interview, before explaining that he was not circumcised.  

He then went on to research the benefits of circumcision and approached Brothers For Life and Right to Care organizations to help him educate men around the country about the importance of getting circumcised. 

"I went out there and I approached Brothers For Life and Right to Care and I said let me do it [circumcise] publicly, but I'm going to go and encourage men to come and do it with me ko [at] Katlehong on the same day," he said.

He went on to put the advert on social media and he says he got more than a million men across the country who joined him and got circumcised. 

"Guess what happens, I put it out there on social media , but I said I need R1 from every circumcision that I make and across the country I got 1.1 million men," he said. 

"That's how I became a millionaire," he said.

The multi award-winning film and TV producer got circumcised in 2017. .  

“I would like South African men to join me in a celebration of masculinity, brotherhood and good health. I’m calling on men to be circumcised with me on Saturday, 11 March 2017,” Kagiso was quoted in a press release. 

“I was motivated to have this done when I read how it can protect my wife from getting human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer.  But I’ve learnt that in a recent survey of 100 000 men, 47% do it for hygiene reasons and 38% for HIV prevention. Circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV by 60% as well as other sexually transmitted infections. Some men do it because it keeps the penis clean, and others because their partners prefer it, but whatever the reason, it’s the right thing to do,” the star said in the press release. 

READ: Mpumalanga probing circumcision contract

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