Famous actor Jean-Claude Van Damme expressed his excitement after receiving a Congolese diplomatic passport and being named the Central African country’s culture, youth and wildlife ambassador.
At a ceremony in Kinshasa to accept the title and his new role as ambassador, the 61-year-old actor said he would try to convince other famous people to visit the country, reports the BBC.
“I will try to convince Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan and many others. There are also singers like Jennifer Lopez, footballers like Messi, Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, they must come to this country to show that there is security, to show that Congo can protect showbiz actors. , did he declare.
During the ceremony, the award-winning actor also surprisingly revealed that he was actually born in DR Congo, adding that he hails from the southeastern town of Likasi.
The volatile central African nation is believed to have experienced decades of conflict, with armed groups continuing to operate in the country’s mineral-rich eastern region. But Van Damme, during the press conference, mentioned the country’s investment possibilities.
“DR Congo is worth $36 billion in minerals…my job is to find investors who understand that they must first give before they receive, and have maximum honesty with President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi,” said said Van Damme.
Van Damme’s new passport has raised questions, however, as DR Congo’s constitution prohibits dual nationality.
Van Damme had worldwide success thanks to several films such as Bloodsport (1988), Universal Soldier in the drunken decade of the twentieth century. At the end of January, the authorities had granted a diplomatic passport to rapper Gim’s to promote Congolese culture.
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