Conjestina Achieng’s name was once on everyone’s lips for the right reasons. Kenyans would cheer her on as she landed heavy punches on her opponents - she looked destined for greatness.
Numerous television interviews followed and Conje, as she was popularly known, was becoming a proper superstar.
However, in 2009, word went round that she had a mental condition and her fans struggled to come to terms with this.
The bold, powerful and vocal Conje sick? No not her.
Members of the press flocked her home in Nairobi’s Lucky Summer Estate and although the boxer maintained that all was well, something was not quite right.
In 2011, her late dad Clement Adalo appealed to Kenyans to help him take his daughter to hospital after her condition deteriorated.
He stated that the boxer had removed her son from school and had burnt all her boxing gear.
Conje had also disposed all the equipment in her gymnasium and was struggling to pay her bills.
She was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder/paranoid schizophrenia and admitted at Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital in September 2012, before being released from the facility in October 2014.
It was at this point that she relocated to her rural home in Siaya County since the city life had become too costly.
Her mum Gertrude Auma revealed that they had sold a lot of property to finance Conje’s treatment and her husband Clement was deeply saddened by his daughter’s condition prior to his death.
Villagers stated that the once famous boxer engaged in heavy drinking and often exhibited violent behavior as her situation worsened.
Several leaders had pledged to help her but you can’t help but ask, did it have to get to this?
Most sports personalities in Kenya end up living miserable lives and whenever the government steps in, it is often too late.
You might argue that they (the sports personalities) ought to ‘make hay while the sun shines’ but Conje’s situation could have been handled better don’t you think?
Assuming help would have come early, perhaps we would be having a different conversation altogether.
In some sections of Kenya, people attribute mental illness to evil spirits and believe that those who develop such are under some sort of spell.
The situation is so serious such that patients face stigma and their families shy away from seeking medical help.
It is high time we changed our perceptions towards mental illness and accept it as a disease that can be treated when diagnosed early.
Conje had also disposed all the equipment in her gymnasium and was struggling to pay her bills
Her mum Gertrude Auma revealed that they had sold a lot of property to finance Conje’s treatment
Ladies and gentleman, Chicago’s man of hip-hop contempt Kanye West may finally be seeing the light.
The rapper-producer announced to Twitter a sudden epiphany on Tuesday (October 30) following his turbulent 2018, tarnished with his Donald Trump political and personal alignment, his collaboration with Trump-supporting, Black conservatist Candace Owens, and his disgraceful commentary on slavery. The “Violent Crimes” rapper said in five tweets that he would now be disconnecting from the political sphere and honing on his first love: creativity. “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” Ye wrote in the tweets. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!”
The realization comes over a year after his initial Trump cosign (which his rap cohorts have continually broke away from him for), but just days after teaming with Owens for an anti-Democratic T-shirt design dubbed “Blexit” (standing for “Black Exit”). He now claims he wanted absolutely nothing to do with “Blexit” from the very beginning among other political that now butt heads with Trump.
Unfortunately, however, the epiphany is arriving just too little too late for most, and they’re ripping up the new leaf Kanye just turned over.
Read his change of hearts and the internet's response to it all below.
Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi was handed a life ban from all football-related activities by FIFA on Tuesday following various violations of the governing body’s ethics code, including bribery and corruption.
Nyantakyi, a former member of FIFA’s General Council, was found guilty after being filmed by an investigative journalist in a hotel room appearing to take a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league.
He was also fined 500,000 Swiss Francs ($498,000).
“The adjudicatory chamber found Mr. Nyantakyi guilty of having violated Article 19 (Conflicts of interest), Article 21 (Bribery and corruption) and Article 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA said in a statement.
“As a consequence, Mr. Nyantakyi is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.
“Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 500,000 has been imposed on Mr. Nyantakyi.”
Nyantakyi resigned in June after a recording by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas appeared to show him demanding kickbacks to pass on to top government officials, including the presidency.
He was also a former vice-president of the Confederation of African Football.
Nyantakyi later apologised to Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo and the government for what he called his “indiscretion”.
He denied any wrongdoing regarding match fixing.
The scandal, along with undercover footage that showed numerous match officials receiving bribes, forced the suspension of the Ghana Premier League in June, which has still not resumed.
Former Ghana Football Association board member Kofi Amoah was placed in charge of a four-member normalisation committee in September tasked with steering the affairs of football in the country for the next six months.
Nyantakyi and the Ghana FA could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday. $1 = 1.0048 Swiss francs
https://punchng.com/premier-league-zaha-reveals-racist-abuse-after-arsenal-penalty-row/Wilfried Zaha claims he suffered racist abuse and threats to his family after he won a controversial penalty in Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal.
Palace forward Zaha was clipped by Granit Xhaka in the closing minutes of Sunday’s Premier League clash, with Luka Milivojevic converting the spot-kick to end Arsenal’s 11-match winning run.
Following the match, Arsenal defender Xhaka said he thought the incident had been a “clear penalty”.
But Ivory Coast international Zaha once again found himself accused of diving by fans on the internet, following several previous high-profile claims that he was guilty of simulation.
Zaha took to social media to defend himself but subsequently revealed in a post on Instagram on Tuesday that the abuse had escalated.
“For all the people taking it one step further and being racist and wishing death on my family I wish you and your families the best too x p.s my life is still very good despite your hate,” Zaha wrote.
Nigerian pop star, Wizkid, has joined the list of highest paid artistes in the world following his performance at a royal wedding in India.
The artiste is said to have performed during a royal wedding at one of the world’s top private residences, Umaid Bhawan Palace in India.
He was reported to have been paid 50 million Rupees ($681,200, N245.9 million) to give a live performance, and he got Indians dancing to Soco, Fake Love and more.
According to a post made by @AfricaFactsHub, the Nigerian pop star has joined the rank of the highest paid artistes in the world after being paid such a huge amount:
“Wizkid becomes one of the Highest Paid Artists for Bookings in the World, as he performs at a Royal Wedding at one of the world’s top private residences, Umaid Bhawan Palace in India.
“He was reportedly paid 50 million Rupees ($681,200, N245.9 million).’’
Meanwhile, Wizkid who confirmed his trip to India on his Instagram on Tuesday, stated: “Thank U India! Met some amazing people, performed at an amazing wedding and created some amazing memories with my boys.”
Pharrell Williams is not happy that President Donald Trump used his song and has told him to stop using his songs at his campaign rallies, reports USA TODAY.
The singer, 45, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump after the president played his 2014 hit “Happy” at a political event on Saturday, just hours after nearly a dozen people were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” Williams’ lawyer, Howard King, wrote in the letter obtained by USA TODAY.
Williams’ legal team noted that the use of the song was not only poorly timed, but in violation of “copyright infringement” and “trademark rights.
“There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose,” the letter read.
The letter made it clear that Williams “will not” allow Trump to use any of his musical catalogue in the future.
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