“Kweli Mungu halali, our boxing hero Conjestina Achieng is looking good,” Mike Sonko reveals.
Via his social media pages, the former Nairobi County governor Mike Sonko shared an update months after Conje enrolled at a rehabilitation centre in Mombasa.
Conje as she’s famously known is widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers to ever come out of Africa, and she became an inspiration to many young people in Kenya and across the continent.
Achieng began her boxing career in the late 1990s and quickly rose to fame, winning numerous titles and accolades in the sport. She became the first African woman to win an international boxing title when she won the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) middleweight championship in early 2000’s.
Despite her success in the ring, Achieng faced numerous challenges outside of it. She struggled with mental health issues and financial difficulties, and her life took a turn for the worse after. In recent years, there have been concerns about her health and well-being, and efforts have been made to help her get the support she needs.
Sonko says, “Kweli Mungu halali. Eight months later after checking into the rehabilitation centre in Mombasa, our boxing hero Conjestina Achieng is looking good.”
“This time round we are not releasing her to go back to Siaya. Immediately she is discharged after fully recovering, I have already prepared a good plan for her where she will also be earning a salary,” Sonko adds.
The flamboyant politician also revealed the job she has offered Conje to enable her to start life a new.
“She will be the overall assistant head of security and head of all female bouncers at Club Volume Mombasa @volumevipclub001 at night & during peak hours/holidays. She will also serve as the head trainer in all the gyms in our establishments @salamabeachresortke and @kimerimetalodgeke. As a long term measure, we are intending to open for her a boxing training centre where she will be coaching boxing.” Mike Sonko explains.
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