A Tanzanian miner, said to be the father of 30 children, has become a millionaire overnight after he discovered two huge gemstones worth £2.4million.

According to reports, the Tanzanian government handed Saniniu Laizer a cheque for 7.74 billion Tanzanian shillings (£2.4million) for the two dark violet-blue stones, each about the size of a forearm, during a trading event in the northern region of Manyara yesterday.

The miner discovered the chunks in one of the tanzanite mines in the north of the country which are surrounded by a wall to control cross-border smuggling of the valuable mineral.

Saniniu Laizer is pictured during a trading event in Manyara, northern Tanzania yesterday, holding two slabs of Tanzanite that made him a multimillionaire overnight

“There will be a big party tomorrow,” Laizer, who has four wives and 30 children, told the BBC.

The 52-year-old said that he would slaughter a cow to celebrate his good fortune and vowed to use some of his earnings to build a school and a shopping mall in his community, adding that many locals can’t afford to pay for their children’s education.

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