Idris Elba’s Eco-Dream: A Smart City on Sherbro Island

Idris Elba's Eco-Dream A Smart City on Sherbro Island

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Hollywood star Idris Elba, renowned for his roles in iconic television series and movies, is setting his sights far beyond the silver screen to embark on an ambitious project that could transform Sierra Leone’s Sherbro Island into a model of eco-friendly innovation and sustainable development. The British actor, whose father hails from the West African nation, envisions converting the island into a “smart city” that champions environmental sustainability and economic self-reliance.

 

The journey to this visionary project began when Elba and his childhood friend, Siaka Stevens, grandson of a former Sierra Leonean president, revisited their roots in Sierra Leone with an initial aim to boost tourism through the development of a boutique hotel. However, their focus quickly shifted towards a more impactful goal: harnessing renewable energy to power the island, thereby creating a sustainable economic and social infrastructure.

 

Sherbro Island, with its sprawling 19 miles of pristine beachfront and a population of around 30,000 as of the latest data in 2013, presents a unique opportunity. The island’s development plan, steered by the Sherbro Alliance Partners (SAP), is poised to be a beacon of innovation. In 2019, SAP secured an agreement with the Sierra Leonean government, highlighting the island’s potential to serve as a catalyst for economic growth not only for itself but for neighboring regions as well.

 

A crucial component of the project is the introduction of wind-powered renewable electricity, marking a significant milestone for Sierra Leone, where access to electricity is limited. The plan includes the construction of a wind and solar farm equipped with wind turbines, solar panels, and battery storage, set to be built by Octopus Energy Generation, a leading European investor in renewable energy. This venture not only promises to bring sustainable energy to Sherbro Island but also sets the stage for a model that could be replicated across Africa.

 

Beyond its environmental aspirations, the project aims to foster a “smart city” that embodies African cultural values, emphasizing community, collaboration, and a deep respect for nature. The design and development of Sherbro Island are to be rooted in sustainable practices, ensuring resilience to climate change and the capacity to adapt to evolving social and economic conditions. This ambitious project seeks to create an energy-efficient setup that can accommodate up to a million people, providing a blueprint for future sustainable urban developments.

 

Elba’s commitment to transforming the perception of Africa from an aid-dependent continent to one of innovation and self-sufficiency is at the heart of the Sherbro Island project. By leveraging his global platform and network, Elba, along with Stevens, is championing a shift towards sustainable development that prioritizes the well-being of the environment and the empowerment of local communities.

 

The Sherbro Island initiative represents a groundbreaking approach to development in Africa, combining renewable energy, economic growth, and social sustainability. It underscores a growing trend of leveraging celebrity influence and private-public partnerships for large-scale environmental and social projects. As construction is set to begin, the world watches with anticipation, hoping that Sherbro Island will emerge as a shining example of what the future of sustainable development can look like in Africa and beyond.

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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