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Tiffany Haddish Has Been Granted Eritrean Citizenship

It's official, the American comedian is now an Eritrean citizen.

Eritrea has begun its week-long celebrations in preparation for its 28th anniversary of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front having secured independence from Ethiopia's military regime on May 24th. According to africanews, vibrant and colorful carnivals have already taken to the streets of the capital city Asmara with thousands others joining in on the celebrations all over the world.


Girls Trip actress and comedian,Tiffany Haddish, whose father was Eritrean, landed in Asmara last week. Haddish, who was born in Los Angeles, has been granted Eritrean citizenship and celebrated the huge moment yesterday with fellow Eritreans.

The comedian, who visited Eritrea last year to bury her father and reunite with the rest of her extended family, has an obvious special connection with the country.

READ: Tiffany Haddish on Returning to Eritrea: "I feel like I'm finally home."

At last year's Oscars, Haddish rocked a traditional Eritrean outfit on the red carpet in honor of her heritage and late father. Speaking about why she had chosen to wear the outfit, Haddish said, "My father is from Eritrea and he passed away last year—and he said one say I would end up here." She added that, "He said that if I ever end up at the Oscars to honor my people, so I'm honoring my fellow Eritreans."

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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