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Ludacris is now a citizen of Gabon

Entertainer Chris "Ludacris" Bridges speaks during a panel discussion during a day-long workshop at Georgia State University on Sat., Nov. 18, 2019 about growing the entertainment industry in Georgia. Photo Credit: John Amis.
Entertainer Chris "Ludacris" Bridges speaks during a panel discussion during a day-long workshop at Georgia State University on Sat., Nov. 18, 2019 about growing the entertainment industry in Georgia. Photo Credit: John Amis.

Credit: John Amis

Credit: John Amis

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, the Atlanta-based rapper, actor and philanthropist, is now a citizen of Gabon.

Ludacris shared the news on his Instagram page, posting a photo of him boarding a Gabonese helicopter and a video celebrating his dual citizenship.

“Starting My New Year off with Dual Citizenship! 🇬🇦 AFRICA IM OFFICIAL!! Momma & Kids Too. The Best Gift of the Decade 🥇Award goes to @eudoxie ✊🏽

The news got a shout out from singer and actor Tyrese, who referred to his friend as an “African American for real!!!!!!!!!”

Ludacris’ wife, Eudoxie Bridges, is a native of Gabon, which is located near the equator in Central Africa and borders the Atlantic Ocean.

Eudoxie Bridges is the founder of the Unspoken Angels Foundation, a nonprofit she started in 2013 to empower, support and educate girls and young women who have experienced verbal, sexual and physical abuse.

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Gabon, which is slightly smaller than Colorado, gained independence from France in 1960.

The artist visited Gabon and Ghana as part of the  2019 “Year of Return,” which was launched by the president of Ghana as a way to encourage  those in the African diaspora to reconnect with their African roots and also to encourage investment. It also marks a significant time in the trans Atlantic slave trade.

 The first enslaved Africans were reported to have been brought to the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia in 1619.

“Our ancestors never gave up Faith,” Ludacris posted in a photo showing him in front of the Male Slave Dungeon in Ghana. “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.”

Other celebrities who have visited Ghana for the “Year of Return 2019” include Idris Elba, Boris Kodjoe, T.I., Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Naomi Campbell.