Carol Radull recently visited celebrated boxer Conjestina Achieng. The visit was a solemn reminder of how Kenya treats its own sporting celebrities who have fallen on hard times.
Conjenstina was the star of the Kenyan boxing scene in the early 2000’s and many expected that she would go down as one of the greatest, not only in Kenya but in Africa.
But things have not been well for the boxer for sometime – something most Kenyans have witnessed. The last we heard of her was when Mike Sonko airlifted her from Siaya and paid for her treatment in 2019.
This followed a drive by Nacada Director and comedian Vincent Mwasia Mutua alias Chipukeezy who had sought the former world boxing super middleweight champion after a video of her sad state emerged online.
But since then news about her has become non-existent until journalist and radio host Carol Radull decided to visit her at her home.
Radull shared the pictures with a caption that told a heart-breaking message of what the former boxer is going through at the moment.
In the message, Carol explained how Conjestina was at first angry and combative when she met her but warmed up after they had spoken for a while. She also said that she had lost a lot of weight.
She noted that Conjestina hadn’t lost her love for the sport that made her famous even having a shrine for her silverware-the shields and belts that she had won.
Carol noted that Miss Achieng felt that the system had abandoned her in her time of need, explaining that she felt that all the repeated attempts to help the sportswoman were in vain as she always went back to her the same challenging environment.
“In my layman’s assessment; she is not mad but she does need more rehab to overcome her dependence on abusive substances. She also needs some counselling (anger management) But she then needs to be in an environment where her mind is kept busy; where her talent is being used; where she feels useful and appreciated,” Carol added.
She finished off her long post by adding that she hoped Conje would get a lasting solution to her problem; “We all just hope and pray for a lasting solution that will see such an icon be in a position to make an impact towards the sport of boxing in this country. She still can.”