Sabrina Dhowre Elba, whose husband is British Hollywood superstar Idris Elba, is in Kenya for a special assignment starting Tuesday, May 10.
She is touring Embu County where she will engage farmers with regard to climate change and its effect on the production of crops.
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Sabrina termed Kenya as a second home for her and expressed her excitement on seeing her beliefs in the rural community in real life.
“We spent the day on the field with primary in beautiful Kenya which is my second home. It’s been really enlightening to see what I have always believed in, that the rural community in nations and in continents like Africa work really hard if not harder than everywhere else,” she said.
“Climate change is hitting African farmers the hardest of all. Being an IFAD Goodwill Ambassador gives me an important opportunity to amplify the voices of women and girls in rural areas.”
Sabina added that she wants to share the stories of the farmers’ ordeals within the country which has seen them being left out of decision making and struggling to access the basics such as finance and land.
“While they may account for the bulk of the labour force in agriculture, they continue to be left out of decision making and struggle to access finance, land and information. I am excited to meet Kenyan farmers and I want to share their stories of struggle and resilience with the world,” she said.
Sabrina, apart from being an international model and actress, is the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Since 1979, IFAD has financed 20 rural development programmes and projects in Kenya for a total value of US$980.31 million (Ksh113.8 billion), of which IFAD has contributed US$455.09 million (Ksh52.8 billion), directly benefiting about 4.6 million rural households.
Sabrina Dhowre Profile
The Somalian-American professional model, actress and social media personality made headlines in mainstream media publications when she was rumoured to be romantically linked to Idris.
Dhowre was born on July 16, 1989, making her currently 32. The star is 16 years younger than her husband Idris.
She is a former Miss Vancouver having won the 2014 Ms and Mr Vancouver Pageant. Moving on from her beauty pageant days, she went on to professionally model in multiple magazines, including Harrods Magazine and Versace.
Sabrina has a huge command in terms of her Instagram page, with over 463,000 followers, often sharing professional photos from her magazine covers and model shoots.
She also shares photos of her and Idris, leading many fans to refer to them as “the internet’s couple goals”.
The couple tied the knot in April 2019 in Morocco over a three-day ceremony at Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh with only close friends and family present. They spent their honeymoon in Tanzania, among their several trips to the East African region.
Sabrina was last in Kenya in 2021 in Kilifi County for a vacation with her family.