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Friday, 03 October 2014 14:06

Pop Dogg gets Irish citizenship

Written by  Sylvester Kumwenda

Lilongwe, October 3, 2014, Mana: Malawi’s music export to Ireland Pop Dogg has disclosed his ambitious plans of taking part in the socio and economic development of Malawi through the tourism sector just after becoming a citizen of Ireland.

This comes after the artist, real name Ibrahim Haji, in September became an Ireland citizen after attending the naturalization ceremony which took place Convention Center of Dublin on September 22 where he was awarded with the Irish citizenship by the country’s Minister of Justice.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency from Ireland, the multi award winning Afro Hip-Hop, Rap and R n B artist expressed his excitement over the development.

“Having Irish citizenship is a dream come true which now means I am fully accepted as one of them. From now own, their history becomes my history, so are their beliefs and what they stand for.

“Now I have same rights as any Irish person born citizen anywhere in the world. I can play for the national team, I have the right to vote, I have the right to become a politician, set up business or run for the government. Irish passport is one of the best passports in the whole world which lets you travel to over 122 countries visa free,” boasted the star.

However, songwriter and producer who is also the founder and CEO of Malawian Ninjaz Records was quick to point out that he has not denounced being Malawian but rather has two nationalities.

The artist who has a Bachelors Degree in Tourism Management and is on his way to obtain his second degree of  Science Honors Degree in Tourism Management at Dublin Institute of Technology where he has been studying for the past 4 years revealed to Mana of his ambitious plans.

“My future plan is to become minister of tourism and foreign affairs or an ambassador and in the process play my role in the quest of socio and economic development by creating business and partnership links between Malawi and Ireland.

“This is very much possible as I believe music and tourism can be linked. For example, by creating major festival events that would attract foreign visitors and explore avenues that can lead to the creation of jobs locally.

This would actually lead to the boosting of our economy and eradication of poverty in Malawi. That is the dream I want to fulfill,” he said.

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