Idris Elba, Samuel L Jackson among int'l celebs who got African citizenship in 2019

Idris Elba, Samuel L Jackson among int'l celebs who got African citizenship in 2019

In 2019, there were a lot of Hollywood celebrities who visited Africa as a way to connect with their roots.

A very big opportunity to do so came when Ghana organised its Year of Return event, which saw a lot of people come into the continent from the West.

Some of the celebrities that were on the continent for one thing or the other in 2019 were Samuel L Jackson, Ludacris, Cardi B, Idris Elba, Rick Ross, Future, among several others. Among them, some got their African citizenship.

Here are therefore those who were granted the honour:

1. Idris Elba

Popular Hollywood actor, Elba, got the citizenship of his father’s native country during his visit to Sierra Leone. He said that that's the greatest honour the African country could ever give him.

Idris Elba was also among the Hollywood celebrities who were given citizenship this year. Photo source: AlternativeAfrica

Idris Elba was also among the Hollywood celebrities who were given citizenship this year. Photo source: AlternativeAfrica
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2. Samuel L Jackson

He became a Gabonese citizen after he traced his root to the Benga tribe. After he had connected with his ancestors, he visited Gabon, where he met President Ali Bongo Ondimba and his wife, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba.

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Samuel L Jackson got his Gabonese citizenship after his visit to Gabon. Photo source: Radio 4

Samuel L Jackson got his Gabonese citizenship after his visit to Gabon. Photo source: Radio 4
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3. Tifanny Haddish

The American actress and all-round entertainer from Eritrea got her citizenship quite early before others this year.

Her application for citizenship to the African country was expressly granted and now has dual citizenship.

4. Ludacris

Legendary American rapper, Ludacris, and his family have become citizens of Gabon. In a video shared on his Instagram page on Thursday, January 2, he said he is very grateful for the honour.

The rapper and his whole family got the Gabonese citizenship on Thursday, January 2, during their trip to the African country. It should be noted that Ludacris and his family had visited Ghana for the Year of Return.

In the country, they were at sites that are significant to slave trades on the continent 400 years ago.

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