Conjestina Achieng had a 2018 to forget but new photo evidence shows that she is on the long road to recovery. Conjestina made many Kenyans proud with her preternatural skills as a boxer and was diagnosed with a psychiatric condition late last year.
Her condition was so bad, that there was a public outcry after an undated video of the former queen of the ring emerged that painted a pale shadow of the former hard-hitting pugilist.
The video captures the former WIBF Middleweight world champion in a chat with admirers from a vehicle as they filmed her.
They ask her to throw some punches in the air to reminisce her glory days which she obliges, typical of her glorious boxing days.
In the recording, Conjestina, clad in a black faded t-shirt and white trouser goes ahead to strike some impressive boxing poses.
The impressed admirers then hand her Sh100 and ask her to deduct Sh50 and hand back the change, which she obliges.
The video caused a stir among Kenyans and many wanted the government to intervene and help her. Mike Sonko, the Nairobi governor answered the clarion call and airlifted the veteran female boxer to Nairobi for treatment.
The governor promised the boxer employment after her rehabilitation. She was eventually taken to Eden House Rehabilitation Center in Kabete.
This would be the second time Conje, as she is popularly known, is undergoing rehabilitation courtesy of a Nairobi governor. During Evans Kidero’s reign, the governor took her to rehabilitation and got her a job.
Conjestina, however, went back to her rural home under unclear circumstances. She was, yet again, put on a rehabilitation programme in Kisumu early last year. Let us hope that this time that Conje has succeeded in out-boxing her inner demons.
Check out recent images of Conje doing what she loves best below: