Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award winner, OC Ukeje, will star in a historic true life film on Conjestina Achieng.
Ukeje will be topping the bill in the story of Conjestina Achieng, the first African woman to win an international boxing championship.
The upcoming movie is produced by award winning South African actress and producer, Terry Pheto, who starred in the Oscar winning movie “TsoTsi,” “Mandela,” “Long Walk To Freedom”, “A United Kingdom” (starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike) and “Ayanda.”
It will also be co-produced by Rocque pictures, Story Republic and The Polkadot Factory.
The film will chronicle Conjestina’s meteoric rise to international boxing success and her subsequent struggle with her mental health which ended her career.
Speaking on his role, TIFF International Rising Star, OC Ukeje, said, “I was moved when I heard Conjestina’s story and I said to myself that this is one story I would love to tell. The fact that it’s an international collaboration makes it even better.”
The producers are now currently set on an open casting call in Cojestina’s native country, Kenya, to find an actress to play the part of Conjestina and bring this powerful story of an incredible fighter to screen.
The Conjestina Achieng Story is a co-production between Terry Pheto ( South Africa), The Polkadot Factory (UK), Rocque Pictures ( Kenya) and Story Republic ( Nigeria).
The open casting call will take place in Kenya in January 2017.