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Dua Lipa granted Albanian citizenship

dua lipa becomes albanian citizen

Albania’s president on Sunday granted citizenship to British pop star of Albanian origin Dua Lipa for what he said was the artist’s role in spreading Albanians’ fame internationally through her music.

President Bajram Begaj said the “Levitating” singer was granted citizenship ahead of Albania’s 110th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Begaj said he considered it an honor to do so because Lipa, 27, has made Albanians famous throughout the world.

“I will be an Albanian with papers too,” Lipa said before taking her citizenship oath at Tirana city hall.

She later added on Instagram, “Thank you President Bajram Begaj & Mayor @erionveliaj for this honour ~ got my Albanian citizenship!! ~ faleminderit, po ndihem shume krenare 🇦🇱❤️👐🏼.”

Lipa, who was born in London in 1995 to immigrant Albanian parents Anesa & Dukagjin Lipa from Kosovo, started singing at five years old.

She was musically influenced by her father, a former singer & guitarist of a rock b&. She started to post her songs in YouTube when she was 14. Her first debut studio album was released in 2017. In 2019 she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Together with her father, she co-founded the Sunny Hill Foundation in 2016 to raise funds with annual concerts held in her native Kosovo to help people experiencing financial difficulties.

“It is an indescribable great joy with such acceptance, love & everything,” said Lipa. The artist then took a passport photo, was fingerprinted & signed an application form for an identity hard & passport.

Lipa will wrap up her annual concert tour in Tirana’s main Sk&erbeg Square on Monday to commemorate Independence Day.

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