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Idris Elba hails Amb. Navo Jr. for taking AYV global

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Idris Elba hails Amb. Navo Jr. for taking AYV global


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Hollywood Super Star, Idris Akuna Elba has hailed the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire for taking Africa and Sierra Leone in particular, global.

Elba has paid courtesy visit to the CEO, Management and staff of the Empire at its Headquarter on Wesley Street in Freetown.

Led on a conducted tour of the Empire’s facilities by the CEO of AYV, Amb. Anthony Navo Jr., Elba said he is thrilled by what he has seen at AYV, in terms of the Company’s state-of-the-art broadcast facilities.

Idris Elba said: “I have been following the work of AYV before coming here and I must say you are doing a great job, especially in the area of positively exposing Sierra Leone’s local entertainment and tourism industries globally”.

Explaining his plans and vision for Sierra Leone in the near future, Elba encouraged Sierra Leoneans to be patient.

Amb Anthony Navo Jr. said: “This morning, I met with my brother Idris Elba who visited us at the Africa Young Voices Media Empire (AYV). Idris Elba is a Sierra Leonean-British Born Hollywood Superstar, a recipient of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

I shared with him the history, passion, and mission of establishing the AYV Media Empire and the need to engage and provide a platform for our present and future generations in the Africa continent (a journey that started in our beautiful Sierra Leone).

We did a conducted tour of our state-of-the-art broadcasting house, studios and other facilities. I am pleased that Idris took his time out to come to visit me and my team today and his impression of our work.

We both had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on issues of strategic importance for Sierra Leone and on major global and regional development efforts.

Idris and I share the same vision of promoting Africa through the media, arts, and entertainment. I am looking forward to more collaboration and working with him to achieve our common dreams and shared vision. Thanks for the visit, bro. God bless Sierra Leone, Africa and our world”.

Idris Akuna Elba OBE was born on 6th September 1972. He is an English actor. An alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, he is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire (2002–2004), DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther (2010–2019), and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013).

For Luther, he received four nominations each for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, winning one of the former.

Elba appeared in Ridley Scott‘s American Gangster (2007), Obsessed (2009) and Prometheus (2012). He portrayed Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), beginning with Thor (2011), and Bloodspot in The Suicide Squad (2021), set in the DC Extended Universe.

He also starred in Pacific Rim (2013), Beasts of No Nation (2015), for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and Molly’s Game (2017).

One of his other prominent roles was that of Rufus Buck in the Western film The Harder They Fall (2021). Elba has also voiced characters in ZootopiaThe Jungle BookFinding Dory (all 2016), and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022).

He made his directorial debut in 2018 with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley. Apart from acting, Elba performs as a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis or Idris and as an R&B singer.

In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World.

As of May 2019, his films have grossed over $9.8 billion at the global box office, including over $3.6 billion in North America, where he is one of the top 20 highest-grossing actors.

Ambassador Anthony Navo Jr is a Council Member of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce and a Youth Ambassador in the country. Empowering young people has always been the guiding motivation of Amb. Navo Jr.

Over the years, he has worked with and supported many young people and institutions across Africa.

From a small project, which started with a newspaper and 19 staff, today AYV Media Empire is the largest private media investment in Sierra Leone comprising newspaper, printing press (machines), film production, television stations, radio station and employing over 700 Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.

It is the only Sierra Leonean owned television station with a broadcasting house in London. As part of its international portfolio, in March 2019, the AYV Media Empire announced a new partnership with the World Service Programme of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), in London.

More recently, Amb Navo Jr’s AYV signed a partnership with Multichoice Africa and launched AYV on the leading Africa channel – DStv channel 399.

Amb. Navo Jr. has invested single-handedly over $10 million United States dollars in AYV Media Empire with the recent construction of a multi – million-dollar complex hosting the Housemates – Salone (a leading reality tv show in the sub-region).

This new building consists of seven stories and has an Amphitheatre, three studios for production, car park, an ultra – modern swimming pool and luxury rooms for the accommodation of crew members and guests.

As a widely respected philanthropist, Amb. Navo’s work cuts across the nook and cranny of the country, where he is widely regarded for the empowerment of young people from various backgrounds and professions.

He is the Co-founder of an International Charity (AWOL – All Works of Life) with educational objectives that necessitate developing society via several initiatives including accessible healthcare, education, sustainable development, and internationally coordinated programmes geared towards poverty alleviation.

Ambassador Anthony Navo Jr is also a renowned and highly successful Sports Executive, being the current Chairman of the country’s biggest and most successful National Premier League Football Club, the East End Lions Football Club.

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