A Sierra Leonean Pastor, Emmanuel Momoh, has become the most talked about man in the country following his discovery one of the largest uncut diamonds in Kono district, Sierra Leone.

Pastor Emmanuel Momoh’s discovery, which is yet to be valued weighs 709 carats. And according to BBC, the diamond is now locked up in Sierra Leone’s central bank in Freetown.

The diamond is the biggest to be found in Sierra Leone since 1970, when the 969-carat Star of Sierra Leone was dug up.

The diamond was first taken to President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday evening before being locked up.

“The President thanked local chief and his people for not smuggling the diamond out of the country,” a statement from the presidency says.

“Mr. Koroma said that the owners should get what is due to them and it should benefit the country as a whole.”

See photos of the diamonds below:

Author: Yemi Olarinre