Hollywood actor goes for Ambassadorial role for Sierra Leone
Renowned Hollywood actor, has urged the world to get behind the people of Sierra Leone at what he described as ‘this incredibly difficult time’ – while declaring his willingness and determination to help the West African nation regain its glory,
Idris Elba, who was a Special Celebrity Guest at last week’s ‘Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone’ organised by the British Foreign Office, says he would like to be a Voice Ambassador for Sierra Leone and help the country eliminate the dreaded Ebola disease.
Born in London in a densely populated Sierra Leonean community and also with strong Sierra Leonean background having born of a Sierra a Leonean father, the Hollywood superstar says he is committing himself to throw his weight and his celebrity status towards raising massive awareness on Ebola to the rest of the international community.
“I want to be an Ambassador for Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola not just for this short term but also on a long term basis to see what contribution I’ll make towards the development of Sierra Leone,” the Hollywood actor confirmed.
At the Lancaster House where the conference was organised, Ebla says he is already in talks with Sierra Leonean mobile companies, the British football authorities about the possibility of inserting public awareness programmes and other related messages during breaks as well as on pitch-side advertisement on Ebola.
“We need a unified messaging on the appropriate way of fighting Ebola out of Sierra Leone,” says Elba widely regarded as the ‘Next James Bond’ in the movie industry. Whatever contribution Elba will make will have a huge positive impact on Sierra Leone.
British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State James Dudorige MP, says the fight against Ebola is very much a team effort between the Diaspora and the British government, adding “we are here to listen to you to see how we can work together to fight this common enemy.”
Sierra Leone’s Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Tamba Mansa Ngegba, commended the Diaspora community for their role in rebuilding Sierra Leone since the outbreak of the Ebola, saying it shows how committed they are towards their people.
He apologised for the unavoidable absence of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma due to a technical fault that developed in the plane he was supposed to have travelled with at the last minute.
Ngegba was very impressed with Idris Elba for committing himself to serve as a Messaging Ambassador for Sierra Leone.
“This is one thing we miss – Idris could be an ideal Messaging Ambassador for Sierra Leone and on behalf of my government I would like to thank him very much for taking up such a huge challenge,” says the Deputy Chief.
Popular Sierra Leonean author and journalist Ade Daramy says Africa always look forward to the contribution of the Diaspora and the current Ebola crisis is just one of the many cases.
Daramy, who chaired the Diaspora ceremony, was very hopeful that, as a proud Sierra Leonean, his country will very soon regain its lost glory.
Meeting the Diaspora community was the first of programmes at the Defeating Ebola in Sierra Leone conference – it was followed by a high profiled international conference that attracted international NGOs and government representatives who discussed the need for urgent action in the fight against Ebola while making pledges for financial, material and capacity building towards immediately addressing the Ebola crisis.
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