Hollywood superstar, Idris Elba and his wife have been given citizenship of his father’s native country, Sierra Leone.
Speaking to BBC’s Umaru Fofana, a delighted Elba revealed that being granted citizenship by Sierra Leone was “the biggest honour I could get from my country”.
“I’m no stranger to Africa: I’ve been in Africa, I’ve made films in Africa, I’ve championed Africa,” he said. “But Sierra Leone, it’s a very different feeling because it’s my parent’s home.”
“The welcome has been incredible, and I’ve plugged straight into that energy that I think Sierra Leone is rising with.
“The son of the soil is coming back to fertilise the soil.”
Elba also spoke about plans of developing tourism in the nation as well as enhancing its entertainment industry.
Again, he said:
“America or England cannot house my ambition. Africa can house my ambition, I can create another Disney here [and] I can’t do that in America.”
Elba was born in London on September 1972. His late father grew up in Sierra Leone, and his mother is from Ghana.
After the Sierra Leone citizenship was conferred on him, Edris Elba not only spoke about investing his resources into Sierra Leone but also stressed on investing the bigger part of him thus his heart into the nation! Furthermore, he also touched on utilizing the energy of the country’s youth to the maximum best.