Dua Lipa, a British pop diva of Albanian ancestry, was given Albanian citizenship by the country’s president on Sunday for her “role in extending the popularity of Albanians abroad through her music.”
The “Levitating” singer was granted citizenship by President Bajram Begaj in preparation for Albania’s 110th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire.
Begaj said it was an honour to meet Lipa, 27, because of the worldwide recognition she has brought to Albania.
Lipa declared, “I will be an Albanian with documents too” as she prepared to take the citizenship oath in Tirana’s city hall.
Lipa, whose parents, Anesa and Dukagjin Lipa, were Albanian immigrants from Kosovo, began singing when he was five years old. She was born in London in 1995.
Her father, a former lead singer and guitarist for a rock band, was a major influence on her musical tastes. She was only 14 when she first began uploading her original music on the video-sharing website. In 2017, she released her first self-titled studio album. She took home the trophy for Best New Artist at the 2019 Grammys.
Even though Lipa first denied being against “ethnic separatism,” she was accused of supporting Albanian expansionism.
“We all deserve to be proud of our ethnicity and where we’re from,” Lipa said at the time.
I just want to see Albania on a map and be able to talk about my Albanian heritage with pride and delight.
Additionally, Kosovo-born pop star Rita Ora has advocated for her homeland to receive greater international attention.
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