Johannes Radebe’s amazing life story is being developed into a film.
The Strictly Come Dancing star provided a thorough narrative of his life in his autobiography, Jojo: Finally Home, which has piqued the curiosity of the film industry.
‘Looking at the way things have turned out now, I could not have dreamt that one day people would be reading about my life story, so every day’s a milestone,’ he proudly shared with Clara Amfo at an event held at Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
He added: ‘But a beautiful thing has happened. The thing I am most looking forward to right now is that we have an opportunity to turn this book into a film,’ The Sun reports.
Johannes, 36, from South Africa, has written about how he got up on Strictly Come Dancing and what it required to get there.
He recounted how his mother and late aunt raised him with ‘passion and strength,’ which helped shape him into the man he is today.
Johannes stated on The One Show that in his early days of dancing, he would sleep in cabs and on studio floors, and that he simply assumed this was ‘what it required’ to make it.
Johannes spent a year writing the book, which was launched on September 7, retracing his childhood steps and speaking with everyone from his old elementary school instructors to his mother.
‘The greatest thing was hearing mother talk about things that occurred in the past, and hearing her admit to certain things’ remembered Johannes, who deemed the session both ‘good’ and ‘difficult’.
Realising that as a child he had not fully appreciated his mother’s struggles, Johannes then admitted: ‘And I was just like, “Jo, you should have been kinder to mum.” Because she is just also human and getting through things.’
Johannes has returned to the cast of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, which kicks off tonight with the partner reveal!
Before the formal launch, there has been much conjecture about who is collaborating with whom, and clues are being investigated.