One of Africa’s Business Leaders is lending a helping hand to the people of Sierra Leone who have been smitten by a great tragedy.

Tony Elumelu, Nigerian banker and philanthropist donated $500,000, about 153 million naira to Sierra Leone to help alleviate the suffering of people affected by flood and mudslide.

Last week, mudslides buried more than 400 people in that country.

Elumelu made the donation to Sierra Leonean President, Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday during a visit to the country.

Along with former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Elumelu visited survivors at the Connaught Hospital, the principal adult referral hospital in Freetown, the country’s capital.

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“I was deeply moved by what I witnessed today and have therefore donated $500,000 towards the rehabilitation & recovery efforts,” Elumelu said via his Twitter handle.

Elumelu called on other wealthy individuals and organizations around the world to support relief efforts in Sierra Leone.

The Nigerian philanthropist also called the attention of international media to the Freetown floods and bemoaned the fact that the world’s major news organizations have not given significant media attention to the crisis.

“All lives whether on the African continent or elsewhere are the same and should attract the same media attention and human sympathy,” Elumelu said.

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