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Reading: British Born Actor Idris Elba signs Agreement to Turn Sherbro Island To Smart City
Reading: British Born Actor Idris Elba signs Agreement to Turn Sherbro Island To Smart City

British Born Actor Idris Elba signs Agreement to Turn Sherbro Island To Smart City

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British Born Actor Idris Elba signs Agreement to Turn Sherbro Island To Smart City
British Born Actor Idris Elba signs Agreement to Turn Sherbro Island To Smart City

The Investment Framework Agreement (IFA) for the Sherbro Island city project has been signed by British-Born actor Idris Elba, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and Sherbro Alliance Partners (SAP), with the aim of transforming the island into an economic engine for Sierra Leone and the West Africa region. The project will be operated under a legal regime designed to attract and protect long-term investment and will develop a diversified service and manufacturing economy to create job opportunities for Sierra Leoneans and attract new capabilities to the region. The project will integrate efficient infrastructure with transparent and effective governance, supported by smart technology and climate-sensitive policies.

Paramount Chief Kong Mbakie, also known as Idris Elba, visited the Island to meet with the mayor, local chiefs, and other stakeholders to reaffirm his dedication and commitment to the project. The parties reached an agreement on the IFA in Washington D.C. during the US-Africa Leader’s Summit, with U.S. Senator Gregory Meeks praising the project and GoSL’s commitment to innovation and development.

Mr. Elba expressed his gratitude to his Excellency, President Dr. Julius Maada Bio, for his continued support for the project and to other members of the government negotiation team for their tireless work behind the scenes to bring the project to where it is today. He emphasized the importance of establishing a strong foundation for the project to have a lasting impact on future generations and set out the next steps in the process, including marketing and promoting the project internationally and organizing detailed feasibility studies.

SAP was founded in 2019 by Idris Elba and Siaka Stevens, who are committed to building a legacy in Sierra Leone. The SAP team is made up of experienced strategic advisors and lawyers. To transform Sherbro Island’s economy and bring investment at scale into Sierra Leone, a radical approach is required. GoSL and SAP’s commitment to transformation by building the right enabling environment for investors, residents, and visitors to Sherbro is critical.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.