Sherbro: Idris Elba's plans for a futuristic eco-city

British actor wants to transform Sierra Leonean island into economic and environmental powerhouse, but issues of feasibility and funding remain

Warterfront at Bonthe, Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island, about two hours from the mainland by ferry, is a delicate eco-system with no mains electricity
(Image credit: Nick Ledger / Alamy Stock Photo)

Hollywood actor Idris Elba is attempting to turn an island off the coast of Sierra Leone into a futuristic, eco-friendly "smart city".

The London-born star, whose father was from the West African nation, has teamed up with a childhood friend to develop Sherbro – an island "roughly the size of the Isle of Man", said The Guardian. The Sierra Leonean government has granted Sherbro "enough autonomy" to allow the project to go ahead.

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