British pop star Dua Lipa was granted Albania citizenship by President Bajram Begaj for spreading their culture internationally through her music.
President Bajram Begaj granted Dua her citizenship ahead of their country’s 110th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire. Bengal considered it his honor.
“I will be an Albanian with papers too,” Lipa said before taking her citizenship oath at Tirana city hall.
Dua Lipa was born in London, but her parents migrated to England from Albania. She started to sing at the age of five and was very influenced by her father. Lipa’s father was a singer and a guitarist of a rock band back in his day.
In 2016, Dua Lipa and her father co-founded the Sunny Hill Foundation to raise funds with annual concerts in Kosovo to help people experiencing financial difficulties.
Lipa went from releasing music on Youtube at the age of 14 years old to becoming a Grammy award-winning artist and one of the biggest pop stars in the world at 27 years old.
“It is an indescribable great joy with such acceptance, love, and everything,” said Lipa. The artist then took a passport photo, was fingerprinted, and signed an application form for an identity card and passport.
Lipa will wrap up her annual concert tour in Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square on Monday to commemorate Independence Day.