Ludacris (real name Christopher Brian Bridges) in an Instagram post revealed that he is now a citizen of Gabon, the home country of his wife Eudoxie Mbouguiengue.
“Starting my new year off with dual citizenship. Africa, I’m official! Momma and kids too. The best gift of the decade award goes to @eudoxie,” he wrote.
“I am a loyal citizen of Zamunda,” he joked. “This is the best day of my life and Wakanda,”
Ghana’s year of return
They said the rapper got his Gabonese passport in time to avoid being enlisted for the possible war between the United States and Iran following President Trumps’ airstrike order.
“Ludacris is a citizen of Gabon cos next week they were about to enlist him for the war. What a G!” one user wrote.
Ludacris shared a moving caption during his visit to the West African nation.
“Our ancestors never gave up faith. You can never imprison our minds nor our spirits. They empowered me to return. I have completed the cycle and I’m beginning a new cycle. The chains have been broken and the indomitable resilience of African people triumphs #yearofthereturn,” he wrote in the Instagram post.
More diaspora-based entertainers are embracing their African identity.
In December, British film star, Idris Elba was awarded citizenship of his father’s native Sierra Leone on his first visit to the country.
“When I’m in Africa, I’m building. Even if it’s not my country because my heritage isn’t direct to that specific country, I still feel like I’m building a place that ultimately cares and will respect me, and my offspring,” he said during the interview.