As a UK-based Immigration law practitioner and a British citizen, I perfectly understand the huge benefits a person’s nationality or passport accords the individual in a world that has become a global village.
Apart from the socio-economic benefits of holding powerful citizenship like that of America, Canada, UK, Germany and the others, holders of passports of these 1st world countries are able to travel and live in different parts of the world freely.
Currently, the most powerful passport in the world per the global passport index, is that of Japan which allows you to travel to about 191 countries without a prior visa, then Singapore which allows you to travel to 190 countries, followed by South Korea and Germany which allow you to travel to 189 countries without a prior visa.
Italy, Finland, Luxembourg and Spain have the 4th most powerful passports as you can travel to 188 countries freely with them, followed by Denmark and Austria being the 5th, and then Sweden, France, Portugal, France, Netherlands and Ireland are the 6th most powerful.
Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway and Belgium sit at the number 7.
Considering the above, it makes both economic and social sense if you are able to obtain a powerful passport for your child or yourself—and this has given rise to the phenomenon of Anchor babies.
“Anchor baby” is a pejorative term for a child born in the United States or Canada to non-citizen parents—such a child automatically become an American or Canadian citizen by jus soli (right of soil/born in the territory).
The above is one of the main reasons why a lot of Ghanaian and other African Celebrities, and the rich travel abroad to give birth there—so that their children can become citizens of “better” nations.
Below is a list of Ghanaian Celebrities whose children hold foreign nationalities.
Name of Celebrity
Country Child Was Born (Nationality)
|Nadia Buari||born in the United States (Americans)|
|Nana Ama McBrown||born in Canada (Canadian)|
|Becca||born in the United States (American)|
|Kafui Danku||born in Canada (Canadian)–and by virtue of the father being Canadian|
|Jackie Appiah||born in Canad- and by virtue of Jackie being a Canadian|
|Yvonne Nelson||British Citizen child–By virtue of father being British|
|Vivian Jill||born in the United States (American)|
|Sarkodie||born United States (American)|
|Ama K. Abebrese||born in the United Kingdom (British)–By virtue of the mother being British|
|John Dumelo||born in the United States (American)|