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Idris Elba Is Looking To Build A 'Smart Eco-City' Off The Coast Of Sierra Leone

British actor and DJ Idris Elba is planning to leverage technology to benefit a West African country. According to CNN, Elba is looking to build a “smart eco-city” on Sherbro Island, an island off the southwestern coast of Sierra Leone. Elba is acquainted with the area as his father was born in the country, and the English actor became a citizen himself after a visit in 2019, per BBC. The efforts surrounding Sherbro Island are being undertaken through a collaboration between Sherbro Alliance Partners (SAP), a U.K.-registered company, and the Sierra Leone government to improve the area’s economic state, the island’s website mentions. Elba is also co-founder of SAP, spearheading the venture. “At some junction, my business partner Siaka Stevens, the grandson of the former president, said, ‘Look, someone needs to cultivate Sherbro Island for tourism.’ That was seven years ago,” Elba explained to CNN. “Where we are now is that we partnered with the government to figure out a plan of how...

Mar 13, 2024

Idris Elba Launches International Global Marketing And Content Company SillyFace

Idris Elba has added another venture to his growing list.

Jul 12, 2023

Idris Elba Reportedly Looking To Join In $1.2B Bid To Purchase British Broadcaster Channel 4

It appears that Idris Elba is on to his next venture — owning a big media business. The actor and businessman is in talks of joining Miroma Group — a global marketing firm — for its estimated £1B ( $1.2 billion) bid to buy British broadcaster Channel 4, according to Deadline.

Jun 27, 2022

Idris Elba Built A $30M Fortune Playing Roles, But His Most Important Has Been As A Father Of Two — 'It's An Important Part Of My Life'

Idris Elba has built an estimated $30 million net worth as an investor, an entrepreneur, an actor, a spokesman for, and even the voice of Fluke the sea lion in “Finding Dory.” But, perhaps, his most important role of all is being a father. Despite his continued high profile, Idris Elba always makes time for his children — like when he took his daughter to the “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” premiere in Los Angeles, CA, according to HollywoodLife. And he’s said that having children changed his life for the better, too. “More than anything you have to make time to be with your children,” he said, according to The Huffington Post. “It’s something I battle a lot because of my career, because as much as it’s nice to be busy and working, ultimately children don’t raise themselves. You’ve got to be there to help them and guide them through it. That’s one thing I try my very best to do. I love being a dad, it’s an important part of my life.” Let’s take a look at the two children who call...

Before He Amassed a $30M Net Worth, Idris Elba Was A Pot-Preneur — 'I Did All Kinds Of Things, To Be Honest'

Throughout the course of his career, Idris Elba has been many things. As AfroTech previously reported, the actor’s most recent title was “Knight.” In 2016, he was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his “services to drama.” He was granted the OBE in the New Years Honours, so his proper title is “Sir Idris Elba, People Magazine’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive. ” He’s also been a producer, a director, and an investor in various projects such as a genderless skincare line. He’s inked a book deal with HarperCollins, negotiated a contract with Crunchyroll, and even proposed a way to hold social media trolls accountable for their actions. But before he did all that, he was involved in the cannabis business. And according to Complex, no less of an authority than Dave Chappelle, dropped the proverbial dime on the Internet’s favorite fantasy James Bond casting. As it turns out, Chappelle disclosed Elba’s previous side hustle on the ever-noxious Joe Rogan podcast, wherein the...

Idris & Sabrina Elba To Launch Genderless Skincare Line To Represent For POC In The Wellness Industry

Idris and Sabrina Elba are a couple that balance the power of both loving and working hard together. In 2021, the Elbas signed a deal with Crunchyroll to executive produce an Afro-futuristic sci-fi animated series, as previously reported by AfroTech. The two entrepreneurs are now back with another business venture aiming to uplift spirits within the community. According to Vogue, the Elbas announced the upcoming launch of their new brand, S’Able Labs — a genderless skincare line targeted toward people of color. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Idris Elba (@idriselba) Its name plays on the lovebirds’ surname being spelled backward as “Sable.” Although the name was thought of by Idris, the idea for the wellness brand was sparked through one of their conversations regarding self-care during the heavy impact on social life due to the pandemic. “We realized quickly that there was no one doing it in the wellness space that looked like, spoke like or felt like us—there was no...

Feb 24, 2022

How Much Is Idris Elba, One Of The Most Influential People In The World, Worth Today?

Idris Elba isn’t just a prince — he’s a real-life knight, as well. A little-known fact about the longtime Afro-British actor is that in 2016, he was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his “services to drama.” He was granted the OBE in the New Years Honours, so his proper title is “Sir Idris Elba, People Magazine’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive. ” Thankfully for all involved, Idris Elba isn’t just a pretty face. In addition to having a successful acting career, Elba also performs as a DJ and an occasional R&B singer. He was also named one of top 100 of the most influential people in the UK of African/African-Caribbean descent for two years in a row, and he was also Essence Magazine’s sexiest man of the year in 2013. Above all else, though, Elba has made bank at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, he is one of the top 20 grossing actors in the world. As of 2021, Idris Elba has grossed more than $9 billion in international receipts and more than $4 billion in American...

Could Idris Elba's Solution For Social Media Hold Internet Trolls Accountable?

Idris Elba is proposing a new solution to help cut down on cyberbullying and racial rhetoric online for social media users. This past Sunday (July 18), the actor took to Instagram to issue a statement calling for more strict verification measures across social media platforms. His protest was made in an effort to combat online racism and crude comments from internet trolls to better hold them accountable. “People in the public eye get verified on social media. The process of verification requires them to prove their IDENTITY, so everyone knows WHO is speaking,” he wrote in a post. “SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES SHOULD MAKE THIS MANDATORY FOR ALL USERS.” He went on to compare the current practice of allowing non-verified accounts to exist on social media platforms to the same protocol of “boarding a plane and not having to show I.D.” “If cowards are being supported by a veil of privacy and secrecy, then social media is not a safe place,” he continued in his statement. “It is an aeroplane...

Jul 20, 2021

Idris Elba Lands Multi-Book Deal With HarperCollins to Publish a Range of Children's Books

Idris Elba is venturing into children’s books. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the award-winning actor has inked a global multi-book deal with HarperCollins to publish a range of children’s books. The deal includes both fiction and picture books that Elba has developed with his writing partner Robyn Charteris whose credits include a BAFTA-winning children’s drama series for CBBC and creating and writing one of the first 52-episode pre-school series for the launch of digital channel CBeebies. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring stories inspired by my daughter to life with my incredible partner Robyn Charteris, and the powerhouse team at HarperCollins,” said Elba in a statement.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Idris Elba (@idriselba) According to The Hollywood Reporter, “world rights were acquired by Ann-Janine Murtagh, Executive Publisher, HCCB UK, and Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher, HCCB US, from Crystal Mahey-Morgan at OWN IT!...

Mar 17, 2021

Idris & Sabrina Elba Ink Crunchyroll Deal to Executive Produce Afro-Futuristic Sci-fi Anime Series

Talk about a dynamic duo! Idris and Sabrina Elba are set to executive produce a new animated series for Crunchyroll — the global anime-streaming service that will soon be sold to Sony’s Funimation group, Variety reports. The working title “Dantai” is the couple’s first anime title set to be produced through Sabrina’s Pink Towel Pictures and her hubby’s Green Door Pictures. According to Crunchyroll, “Dantai” is an Afro-futuristic sci-fi series set in a city where an ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots is the result of a rise in biotechnology. “We’re really excited to be announcing this deal on our first anime,” said the Elbas in a statement, according to Variety. “We’re both fans of the genre and see a huge opportunity to create something unique for a powerhouse like Crunchyroll. The story of ‘Dantai’ is our first collaboration as producers together and is one that is close to our hearts.” Per Variety, the Sony group agreed to acquire Crunchyroll from AT&T’s...

Feb 4, 2021