What would you do if you unearthed a 706-carat diamond? Would you keep it for yourself, sell it, or hand it over to your country’s president?
Surprisingly, Emmanuel Momoh chose the latter. When he discovered the diamond in Sierra Leone, he immediately handed it over to President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Momoh, who is a pastor and a miner, unearthed the large diamond in Yakadu village, which is Sierra Leone’s diamond-rich area. According to the Associated Press, the jewel was roughly the size of a hockey puck and is the second largest diamond found in Sierra Leone. In 1972 a 968.9-carat diamond was discovered and sold for $2.5 million.
So far this diamond has yet to receive a value, but is in the process of being evaluated.
When Momoh handed the diamond to President Koroma, he thanked the pastor for not smuggling the valuable gem out of the country.
The pastor told the AP that he wanted to give the diamond to President Koroma because of the construction in the area where the diamond was discovered. He hoped that when the diamond was sold, the profits would be used for the upkeep of the area.
“I believe the government can do more, especially at a time when the country is undergoing some economic challenges,” Momoh said to the AP.
The president promised Momoh the diamond would be sold to the highest bidder and that the profits would go directly to construction efforts and a portion would also go to Momoh.
To hear more about this incredible find, watch the video below.