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Beyond Blood Diamonds, Ebola and Tragedy: A brief history of Sierra Leone 

I’m gonna say this with my chest: the most famous Sierra Leonean is Leonardo DiCaprio, closely followed by Idris Elba. 

Too often when I declare that I hail from this tiny country on the West Coast of Africa I am met with the predictable question: ‘Have you watched Blood Diamond? That Leonardo film?’ 

The one where he’s sporting a really terrible faux South African accent.

There are only so many times I can begrudgingly answer with a ‘yes’; and shake my shoulders to Kanye’s ‘Diamonds from Sierra Leone’, lamenting that this is all people know. There are only so many times I can say ‘yeah but...’ when someone hears the word Ebola, and the word Sierra Leone quickly follows.