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Get to Know the Countries That Will Grant You Citizenship Based on Your Ancestry


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Some countries will grant you citizenship based on your ancestry. What does ancestry mean? Your ancestry means that your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents were born in that country.

If you have a parent or grandparent born into some specific countries and you have been dreaming of living in your homeland, this is some great information to keep at your fingertips. You can also become eligible to have dual citizenship and possess international passports from two different countries.

Getting Citizenship based on ancestry in 2022

The “right of blood” is recognized in Africa, and it grants you direct descendant citizenship to a country because of the nationality of your parent or grandparent.


Below is the list of African countries that grant you citizenship because of descent.

South Africa

This is an English-speaking country that is developing and has opportunities for professionals with degrees in Architecture, Engineering, Information Technology, and Economics.

In Cape Town, there are major outposts from many American companies. There are also accounting firms, banks, entertainment, and advertising companies from other countries. If you were born out of South Africa and you have one parent who is a South African citizen at the time of their birth, you qualify for South African citizenship. The same applies to anyone who is an adopted child of a South African citizen and the birth of the adopted child was properly registered in the country.

To apply, and for any more inquiries, contact the South African Department of Home Affairs. They will answer all questions about South Africa even those the Consulate is not equipped to answer.


Get to Know the Countries That Will Grant You Citizenship Based on Your Ancestry
Stevie Wonder

In 2019, Ghana declared the year, “The Year of the Return”. One of the major goals of this program was to encourage members of the African diaspora, especially Black Americans who were seeking their identity to visit their ancestral homelands and heal the wounds that the transatlantic slave trade had left in their souls. The embarking of a birthright journey to their homeland sometimes helps to ease the pains.

Citizenship was granted to over 100 persons who consisted of African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans, to support the initiative.

Ghana proposed a decade-long project when they discovered that the “Year of Return” was extremely successful. The year-long project is called “Beyond the Return”. The goal of this project is to promote tourism, bettering economic relations between both countries, and make the process to getting citizenship for people who are from Africa but do not have parents or grandparents who are from Ghana.

This is an improvement on the pre-existing Right of Abode law that was passed in 2000 that allows a person of African descent to apply for the right to stay in Ghana indefinitely.


Get to Know the Countries That Will Grant You Citizenship Based on Your Ancestry
Samuel L Jackson

Gabon grants citizenship based on ancestry. In 2019, Samuel L Jackson officially became a Gabonese.

He had the honor of being hosted by the president of Gabon, Ali Bongo, in a ceremony where he received his Gabonese passport.

He traced his ancestry to the Benga tribe after he took a DNA test that was used in a documentary called “Finding Your Roots”. This helps him uncover his lineage. He was glad to find out that his grandparents and ancestors came from somewhere so beautiful.

Ludacris took his wife and kids to Gabon and they got dual citizenship to their homeland.


Get to Know the Countries That Will Grant You Citizenship Based on Your Ancestry
Tiffany Haddish

In Eritrea, you can also gain citizenship if you have a parent that is from Eritrea. Tiffany got African citizenship based on ancestry.

Tiffany Haddish traveled to Eritrea and obtained the country’s citizenship. She gained the country’s citizenship because her father was from Eritrea.

Her father before he died, asked her to remember Eritrea if she ever ended up at the Oscars and she did just that. She was granted citizenship during independence week.

Sierra Leone

Get to Know the Countries That Will Grant You Citizenship Based on Your Ancestry
Idris Elba

In Sierra Leone, you can get citizenship if you have a parent from that particular country. Idris Elba, a British citizen got citizenship from Sierra Leone. His father was from Sierra Leone.

He got citizenship based on ancestry and also got it the first time he visited the country. He felt so honored to be connected to Sierra Leone. His father and grandfather were Sierra Leoneans.


Get to Know the Countries That Will Grant You Citizenship Based on Your Ancestry
TD Jakes

In Nigeria, you can get your ancestry from discovering your DNA. Bishop TD Jakes found out after his DNA test that he was from the Igbo part of Nigeria.

Their name is of German origin. Although they were German slaves their identity was not German. Their identity was from Igbo, Nigeria.

Chadwick Boseman discovered that he is from the Yoruba-speaking part of Nigeria via his DNA test.


In Madagascar, you can get citizenship from DNA tests. The DNA test will help you get your family history.

An individual, from Kansas City, got his mother’s samples to get her tested to discover if she was from Madagascar so that he could determine where he was from.

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