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Hollywood Star, Idris Elba Jets into Sierra Leone, First Visit to His Father’s Country

Famed international show business personality Idris Elba arrived in Sierra Leone on Wednesday evening for what is billed as a “private visit” according to the BBC reporter in the country.

Umaru Fofana posted on social media that the British writer, actor, producer and musician had made what is 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 that his trip is a private visit,” Fofana added.

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He becomes the second big global showbiz star to move to invest in the West African country. Last year Senegalese-born American musician and entrepreneur, Akon, visited Sierra Leone and announced investment plans.

Tourism continues to be a mainstay in most African economies contributing significant sums to the national purse. Governments have been advised to look at the area as a feasible avenue to raise funds for development.

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Written by How Africa

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