Popular British actor and businessman, Idris Elba has arrived in Sierra Leone. The international celebrity is in Sierra Leone capital city, Freetown for a “private visit”. This is the first time Idris Elba would visit the home country of his father, Sierra Leone.
Renowned journalist, Umaru Fofana posted on social media that the British writer, actor, producer and musician had made his first-ever visit to his ancestral homeland.
“His father had migrated to the UK where he met his (Elba’s) Ghanaian mother. Sources say he plans to invest in the country’s rich tourism sector but his trip is a private visit,” Fofana added.
According to reports, his visit makes him the second big global showbiz star to invest in the West African country. Last year Senegalese-born American musician and entrepreneur, Akon, visited Sierra Leone and announced investment plans.
He was brought up in east London before finding fame in America. He is best known for playing Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, and DCIJohn Luther on the BBC One series Luther.
The TV and film star has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.
Elba made headlines this April when he married his fiancée, Sabrina Dhowre, in a three-day ceremony in Morocco. The two, who got engaged in 2018, exchanged vows at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh on Friday, April 26.
Elba, who is a father to 17-year-old daughter Isan and 4-year-old son Winston, previously married Hanne Norgaard and Sonya Hamlin.