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Tiffany Haddish Gets Warm Welcome From Grandfather's Village During Visit To Eritrea
It was an emotional moment for comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish as the star was recently welcomed by her grandfather’s village in Eritrea.
Draped in the country’s flag and surrounded by the community, a plaque was placed in stone that reads: “Tiffany Tsehaye Haddish Residence Geza Keren, Eritrea.”
“I am so happy to be welcomed by my Grandfather’s village so warmly. I love my people,” she said to her more than 6 million Instagram followers.
She was born and raised in Los Angeles but obtained Eritrean citizenship in 2019.
05/21/19#Asmara— Hadnet Keleta (@hadnetkeleta) May 22, 2019
A historic moment for our sister @TiffanyHaddish!!!! She applied for an #Eritrea/n ID card and granted citizenship at this very touching momemnt of our independence week. Congrats Tiff.#EritreaShinesAt28
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Despite being raised in America, Haddish, 42 says her father has always instilled in her being proud of her heritage. She attended the red carpet for the 2018 Oscars dressed in traditional Eritrean garb, as we previously reported.
“My father is from Eritrea, and he passed away last year, he said one day I would end up here,” Haddish told reporters on the red carpet. “He said that if I ever end up at the Oscars to honor my people, so I’m honoring my fellow Eritreans.”
The star has received a lot of support from other celebs during her Dec. 28 welcoming ceremony.
“No place like HOME,” HBO Insecure star Yvonne Orji, who is of Nigerian descent, commented under the video.
“Celebrate your roots Tiff,” Beyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson, also commented.
In addition to being celebrated, Haddish is also taking time to indulge in Eritrean culture during the holidays with a spa treatment called Tsh.
“They put butter in my hair, turmeric, and honey on my face, sesame oil all over my body … oh’ and butter in my hot box,” she stated on Instagram. “Then they put burning wood in a hole in the ground and you sit in the smoke and sweat. Baby, I am ready to be tasted BRING IN THE MEN. You must try if you come to Asmara.”