Four-time Golden Globe nominee, Idris Elba has promised to return to Sierra Leone soon. The Hollywood actor in a thirty-seven seconds’ video that has gone viral on Social media said: “I went to Sierra Leone and it was hot… It was bang, good people, good hygiene and lots of love. I just want to send a shout out to Sierra Leone. Thank you so much! I love you guys. I’m coming back, watch out.”
Elba visited Sierra Leone in December last year and was conferred a Sierra Leonean citizenship by Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio. Receiving his citizenship at State House, Elba said; “I’m humbled and thankful to become a citizen of my father’s country in the presence of my favorite Uncle.”
Elba said the visit was his first to Sierra Leone; but assured all that ‘it will not be the last.’ The ‘Luther’ star said he had plans to make earlier visit but the country was in “turmoil”. But now, he said he was determined to help in the country’s rebranding efforts.
President Bio whilst handing over the diplomatic passport to Elba had this to say: “Today, on behalf of this nation I’m grateful to formally accept you as a brother by handing over this diplomatic passport to you…”
Further, Bio said “we want to tap into your network to be able to tell the world that the little nation they knew for only wars and Ebola and all the horrible stories is now a new Sierra Leone. No more blood diamond, no more Ebola.”
Following the formal ceremony, Elba and Bio held a closed-door meeting at State House.
Elba was born in England. His real name is Idrissa Akuna Elba. His mother, Eve is a Ghanaian and his Father, Winston a Sierra Leonean. The actor has visited Ghana more than twice. In 2014, Elba planned a visit to Ghana and Sierra Leone, he even tweeted: “I’m going back to where my Mum is from for her birthday… My first time… Next up Sierra Leone.” Elba visited Ghana but could not proceed to Sierra Leone because of the deadly Ebola outbreak then.