The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Nigeria: Hollywood Actor Idris Elba to Host D'Banj's Show

Photo: D'banj/Facebook
D'banj Koko concert

Hollywood actor Idris Elba will host 'Koko Concert' in Nigeria on December 27. The Kokomaster himself D'Banj will honour the event despite his split with long-time producer Don Jazzy and company. The show will feature performances by D'Banj but scheduled performances by Big Sean, Pusha T, Kay Switch, and a host of other top acts are still unconfirmed.

Elba, an only child, was born Idrissa Akuna Elba. His father Winston is Sierra Leonean and worked at a Ford factory, and his mother, Eve, is Ghanaian and had a clerical job.

The two met in West Africa before moving to East London. Elba grew up in East Ham, and began helping an uncle with his wedding-DJ business in 1986, and within a year he had started his own DJ company with some of his best friends.

Elba left school in 1988 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre, thanks to a Prince's Trust grant, but later ended up having to do everything from tyre-fitting to cold-call advertising sales to pay the rent between roles in Crimewatch murder reconstructions.

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