WATCH: Actor Idris Elba Dressed As An African King At Ghana’s Akwasidae Festival



Idris Elba, the British actor, was recently in Ghana, calling on the country’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, to build a film studio in Ghana and across West Africa. What drew everyone’s attention, however, was his visit to the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Ghana’s Ashanti region’s capital.

He was at the palace for the first Akwasidae of the year 2023, a 40-day traditional Ashanti Kingdom celebration held every six weeks. The event commemorates the Ashanti Kingdom’s historical achievements and pays tribute to the Ashanti King, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and Queen mother, Asantehemaa Nana Konadu Yiadom III.


Elba wore a lovely kente cloth for the occasion. He exchanged the golden handshake with the Asantehene and greeted guests at the event, which showcased the Ashanti people’s amazing customs and culture.

Elba’s wife Sabrina shared a photo on Instagram of her husband dressed in the Ghanaian kente cloth. “My African King”, she wrote.

Elba was followed around by his movie production crew who took shots of the event for an upcoming movie about the essence of having film studios in the country and West Africa as a whole.


Elba is a British actor, musician, and DJ who was born to immigrant working-class parents from Sierra Leone and Ghana. He grew up in east London before becoming famous in America. He is best known for his roles as Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), drug trafficker Stringer Bell on HBO’s The Wire, and DCI John Luther on BBC One’s Luther.

Watch the video of his visit to Ghana’s Manhyia’s Palace:


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