Siki, Ring Wrestler

Director: Mamadou Niang
Countries: USA / Senegal
Year: 1993
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: English, French, and Wolof


Senegalese boxing legend Battling Siki, a World War I hero and the first African to win a world championship, fascinated and intrigued many in his short life; he was 28 years old when he was murdered in New York City in 1925. This short film is a story of his most famous fight and the saga of the excavation of his remains, buried for 67 years in a Queens cemetery. “No man ever came out of Africa who had a more dramatic life or had a more tragic ending,” said Rev. Adam Clayton Powell at Siki’s funeral.