Isaiah Washington Named Chief of Sierra Leone Tribe

Isaiah Washington Named Chief of Sierra Leone Tribe

The actor takes on an entirely new role.

Published May 3, 2011

After embarking on a journey to discover his family's origins, Isaiah Washington was appointed chief of a Sierra Leone tribe. This suprising outcome is described in the actor's new memoir, A Man From Another Land


In an interview with the Today Show about the book, Washington explained what led to this.  "I did a DNA test back in 2005. Then [after getting the results], I decided, 'What am I going to do with this information?' I put a delegation together. I had an architect and a surgeon come, thinking I was going to go into [Sierra Leone] to help ... "[I was] thinking I was going to get in and maybe just have the African experience and come back and donate some basketballs and build some things. But no, the folklore [in this tribe] states that I would be a man from another land and I would help bring the country back to its original state."


Washington says he’s grateful to be bestowed with such a great honor.


(Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Written by Michael Arceneaux


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