Lifestyle January 03, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Idris Elba and other black Americans who have been granted African citizenship

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

Novieku Babatunde Adeola January 03, 2020 at 12:30 pm

January 03, 2020 at 12:30 pm | Lifestyle

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Samuel L. Jackson

Actor Samuel L. Jackson became a Gabonese citizen after tracing his ancestry to the Benga tribe. According to The Guardian, “Jackson traced his roots to the Bantu tribe in Gabon. The Bantu people are speakers of Bantu languages, comprising several hundred indigenous ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa, spread over a vast area from Central Africa across the African Great Lakes to Southern Africa.” 

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After finding his roots, Jackson visited Gabon, where he met with the president, Ali Bongo Ondimba and his wife, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba. Jackson was given Gabonese citizenship and passport.

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