British actor Idris Elba with President Samia Suluhu
Idris Elba with Tanzania President Samia Suluhu

The British actor Idris Elba has said that he wants to open a film studio in Tanzania.

According to the president's staff, the Hollywood actor, who is 50 years old and whose filmography includes titles like "The Wire" and "Luther," has already conducted his first meetings with President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

His filmography includes titles like "The Wire" and "Luther."

This comes as a result of Elba and his wife, Sabrina Elba, having a chance encounter with President Suluhu earlier this month in Davos, Switzerland, while attending the World Economic Forum.

Zuhura Yunus, Tanzania's director of presidential communications, was quoted by local media on Monday as telling journalists that Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina are interested in investing in a film studio in Tanzania.

"The president met with Idris Elba and his wife, Sabrina, and they are keen to invest in a film studio in Tanzania," Yunus said.

She went on to say that if the initiative is successful, it will become a center for the cultivation of talent not just from Kenya's southern neighbor but also from the greater East and Central Africa areas as well.

According to Yunus, "The discussions are in the beginning stages at this point; however, if all goes well, then the studio will help not just Tanzania but also east and central Africa."

Elba's mother is from Ghana, while his father is from Sierra Leone; it is believed that Elba's net worth is around Ksh. 4.9 billion ($40 million).

The person who made Time magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" has said before that he wants to not only make more movies on the African continent but also help the film industry there grow.

For example, he filmed the whole of his movie "Beast," which was released in 2022, in South Africa. He has said that he hopes to pave the way for a greater number of blockbuster films to be produced on the African continent.

"I'm particularly interested in the progress that's being made in Africa. According to an interview that Elba gave to the South African publication SA People in August of the previous year, "My parents originate from Africa, and more than anywhere else in the world, I feel that that continent needs some genuine gentle care, love, and thinking."

"Young people in Africa look up to me as if I were a leader or a light. And I get the impression that I might contribute something. Therefore, I'm eager to share everything I've learned about the media and expand upon it in Africa," he said further at the time.

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