Tiffany Haddish is officially a dual citizen with Eritrea, the birthplace of her father, who made the move to the United States as a refugee before the actress was born.
The comedian was born and raised in Los Angeles, but she has publicly identified as American with Eritrean parentage.
She visited Eritrea last year to bury her father, Tsihaye Reda Haddish, and now she’s in the country to celebrate the 28th anniversary of its independence from Ethiopia after a 30-year war.
Photos shared on social media show the “Girls Trip” star draped in the Eritrean flag, while filling out forms with officials present
An Eritrean diplomat in the United States, Hadnet Keleta, said Haddish’s citizenship happened at “a very touching moment of our independence week.”
During last year’s Oscars ceremony, she hit the red carpet rocking a zuria gown, a traditional dress worn by women in Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Eritreans have shown their support of Haddish’s citizenship on Twitter and many are now hoping she will use her status to speak out against some of the rigid policies and actions