January 30, 2023

Dua Lipa Granted Albanian Citizenship: NPR

Dua Lipa Granted Albanian Citizenship: NPR

Albania’s President Bagram Bijag granted citizenship to Dua Lipa, who was born to Albanian parents, on Sunday.

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Albania’s President Bagram Bijag granted citizenship to Dua Lipa, who was born to Albanian parents, on Sunday.

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Albania’s president granted citizenship to pop star Dua Lipa on Sunday for promoting the country through her international fame.

President Bajram Bijag expressed his pleasure at honoring Lipa, the daughter of Albanian immigrants, for her musical talents and contribution to spreading international awareness of Albania.

“I am happy to give the only person Dua Lipa the decree of Albanian citizenship,” he said. “She has made us proud with her global career and engagement with important social causes.”

“It is an indescribable joy with such acceptance, love and everything,” Lipa told the Associated Press. I’ll be an Albanian with papers too.

Lipa was born in London in 1995 to immigrant parents from Kosovar, which made Albanian her first language. Her parents always wanted to return to Kosovo Tell NPR In April, when she was eleven, they all returned.

“It took me a really long time to find my feet out there,” she said. “It’s interesting going into this at 11 years old, but I guess I wouldn’t change it for the world because it really helped me become who I am.”

Lipa and her father co-founded Sunny Hill Foundation In 2016 to raise money for people in Albania with financial difficulties. staged annual Sunny Hill Festival To raise money for the foundation and support youth in the creative arts.

Her support of Albania sparked a backlash in 2020 after the pop sensation took to Twitter and posted a Photo Flag of Greater Albania. Controversial science is linked With ultra-nationalists who believe Albania’s borders should be expanded to include parts of Kosovo, Serbia, Greece and North Macedonia.

She captioned the photo, “au • toch • tho • nous is an adjective (for the inhabitants of a place) indigenous and not descended from immigrants or colonists.”

Lipa said the post was misinterpreted as promoting racial separatism, which she said she “totally rejects”.

And I wrote in a statement. “I simply want my country to be represented on the map and to be able to speak with pride and joy about my Albanian roots and my country of origin.”

The granting of citizenship comes 110 years ago in AlbaniaThe tenth Anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire.