“I’m So Happy” – Karen Igho Gets her British Citizenship

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 7:40 PM

By BellaNaija.com

Karen Igho - November 2013 - BellaNaija

It’s a happy day for Karen Igho.

The Nigerian media personality and actress took to Twitter a few minutes ago to announce that she is now a British- Nigerian. “I just became a citizen of the UK”, she says.

If you know her home address, better head there because there will be “drinks for everyone”



Congrats Karen.

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  • 104 Comments on ““I’m So Happy” – Karen Igho Gets her British Citizenship”

    • Great Portland Street November 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      To God be the Glory!

      • *Real* Nice Anon November 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        LOL! Amen.

    • nanayaa November 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM


    • Mademoiselle November 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM


    • Jos Boy November 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Now she is going to get a husband. All those sharp Nigerian guys looking to check out.

      • nene November 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM


    • Kelz November 20, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      while I want to laugh and say this is nothing…queuing on that foreigners line at heathrow and having to apply for visas to go to both the UK and other countries can be a hassle…I feel her!

    • tobi November 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM


      • Person November 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM


        • Cutie November 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

          il ya une de mumu!! ..lol!

        • dlapikin November 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

          Pourquoi on celebre une nationalite?

      • Person November 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        @dlapikin , Si vous avez déjà fait le queue pour un visa à l’ambassade du Royaume uni, muni d’un passeport Nigérien, alors vous comprendrez pourquoi elle est heureuse!!!

    • Moi November 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      No beefs o, but really..?!?!?!?????

      • EMMA November 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        all you saying really like if it was you u wont be happy
        SHE WOULD APPLY. It means she can travel almost everywhere in the
        world without applying for a VISA in case ur dumb and ignorant. its
        such a relief sweethearts wish someone good and your own will

        • EMMA November 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

          Everything is there to celebrate darling its a blessing so
          when GOD bless you the right thing to do is celebrate if i was her
          i would do thanksgiving, go to like 8 motherless homes and share my
          blessing with them , as for how she got her citizenship not that it
          will put food on your table buh i will tell you, she has been
          living in the uk for years and even applied for and went to BBA
          fron uk ehhh, its only when she won that she relocated back to
          NIGERIA, hope there is food on your table now. pple instead of bin
          happy are asking question. GOD HELP YOU ALL, human beings dou.

        • Jo! November 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

          Chill abeg. I want to believe the “really” means, do you have to announce on Twitter? Not like she shouldn’t be happy

    • http://africansweetheart.blogspot.co.uk/ November 20, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      aww, bless.

    • Sisi November 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Amen somebody!


    • Mimi November 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      hahahaha jokes

    • Mimi November 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      LOL! okay….

    • Sexxie November 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Happy for her! This is the finest photo of Karen I have
      seen. Hair, make up really nice.

    • Jejelove November 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Congrats dear!

    • Endo November 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Congrats! 173 countries visa free!


    • nna November 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM


    • splendour November 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Babes r u nt tired? Pls bellanaija,next…….

    • Bide November 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM


    • Temi November 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      I feel her,applying for visas can be so unnerving..Congrats

    • NaijaPikin November 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      The things pple to decide to tweet about still amazes me.

    • lakelizzy November 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Ummm????? Congrats???

    • Nini November 20, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Bikonu how does this reduce the price of a plastic of garri
      at Oyingbo market? or make that young vulcaniser who is supposed to
      be in school have hope to be a better individual? No beef but
      sincerely this isn’t news!

      • Dolapo November 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        Your point?

        • Nini November 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

          ask google, mscheeeewww. iranu tagging as nonsense

      • Jo! November 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        Oh please shush Nini, keep quiet and stop talking as if your whole life revolves around reducing the price of Garri in the market and sending vulcanizers to school, you probably never did one good deed in your life. Do you know what Karen does in her spare time? Whose school fees she pays? WHo she feeds? Abeg carry your self-righteous self out of here

      • Tiki November 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        The same way your posting this comment helps them.

        By the way if you really want to help the ‘vulcaniser’, sell the smartphone/internet modem you are using to browse and give them to start a business/go to school. That way you can avoid Karen’s irritation, and be a model of virtue…voila! two birds with one stone. SMH

    • This is funny ! November 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      LMFAOOOOO….I don’t get it ? This is for ? Ermm

    • LOVETH November 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM


    • asgrl November 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Lol. Really though? I’m waiting for blogs to start posting
      celebrity ‘I just took a shit’ tweets.

    • KOOL OLA November 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      When u look at situations in Naija, becoming a UK citizen
      worth tweeting about especially if u were once an immigrant there.
      Why are people so negative? Same as when some friends critizized me
      when i announced on fb that i become a US citizen. Call it 3rd
      class or last class citizenship, its still far better than a
      country where the goverment dont care about its citizens, all they
      know how to steal the money that belongs to everyone.
      Congratulations Karen…way to go!!!

      • memebaby November 20, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        AMEN SOMEBODY…Like if they did not have that opportunity they themselves won’t be extremely happy. if you have nothing positive to say move on.

    • Sharon November 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Congrats gurl am happy for you.

    • tito 14 November 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      ok o congrats madam! but no be big deal because am british
      and i dont care abt the PALE, IAMENJOYING MY NAIJA .GOOD JOB GOOD

      • tito 14 November 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM


      • Nini November 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        God bless you o,unnecessary taxes and bills, me sef don
        tire!most of us really want to come home but some of us are scared
        of a lot of uncertainties. But mumsy says something all the time
        ‘ojo ta ba ribi ni ibi wonle’,time will come when no one would give
        a damn anymore. Who sees an American go on twitter to say ‘I am now
        a Nigerian citizen’/it is well

        • Tiki November 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM

          What is there for an American to rejoice about in Nigeria? Trees?

      • Cancel Reply November 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        Unnecessary bills?? The reason people pay bills is to have the basic amenities. Light, road, good hospitals etc!Can you say the same about Naija?Having the “bestest” job in Naija does not exclude you from the bullshit. Na the same traffic all of us go enter, if you get medical emergency, no 911 to call. So therefore, people in obodo oyibo dont pay unnecessary bills, they money actually goes into providing infrastructures!

    • Joe Bloggs November 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      I am even suprised you would post this as news at all.
      Shame on you! Shame on journalism! Tomorrow you would say naija for
      life. Shame!

    • AsHaNi November 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      To! well, different people celebrate different things..
      some people perm their hair, they celebrate, others go to psquare
      wedding they celebrate..others eat puff puff and its growing-we
      celebrate…so on your own kini I congratulate u o!

      • lakelizzy November 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Lmao!!! True talk

      • Mz Socially Awkward... November 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        “others eat puff-puff and its growing – we celebrate”. Cue Tiwa’s rebuttal…
        BN commenters, una no dey okay. HAHAHAHAHA!!!

        • Tincan November 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM


        • jinkelele November 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM

          classic – e be like say yeast dey the puffpuff oh sotay e dey swell for belle LOL!

      • Salt Fyfi November 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Hahahaha…Abi ooh! With the way Ms May is refusing pple…Its something to rejoice about if the Queen says ok oh>>:) :)

    • lollipop November 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Hehehehe. Only in Naija/Africa.

    • Leah November 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM


    • Heeba November 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Ermm is that something to tweet about?? Inferior complex of
      the highest order

      • Jo! November 21, 2013 at 8:52 AM


    • uh-huh November 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      CONGRATULOBIA!!!!!!!! But u’r still the ugly ;)

      • Hurpeyeahmie November 21, 2013 at 8:20 AM


    • dbj November 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      whats there to celebrate? ….

    • ty November 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      loooool, e no ez, i live in d uk and people r goin to jail
      everyday for this exact reason, so pls free karen

    • Cecelia November 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      And how did she get her citizenship? B.N do you care to
      educate us on that?

    • FIRST TIMER November 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      So much venom in you! learn to love God creatures and not insult your creator

      #babe just forced me to finally comment on bellanaija

    • Peaches November 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM


    • Aidan November 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Congrats Karen!
      Throw away your nyama nyama naija passport!
      visa applications are from hell!
      Congrats O!

      • uduma November 22, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        i get that as nigerians we need to apply for visas to almost every country but no need to call the passport nyama

    • Cancel Reply November 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Later these celebs will say people are in their business!It
      is well!

    • The Real Madam the Madam November 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      All of you criticizing will be first to be sweating at the British embassy when it’s time to apply for those visas. Karen, congrats to you o jare.

    • Cancel Reply November 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Meanwhile BellaNaija, a student was sentenced to death for stealing phones and recharge cards. This is ridiculous especially in a country where political thieves rob of of billions and are celebrated right before our eyes. Can we start a petition or something for this young chap? Story can be found here thisdaylive.com/articles/student-to-die-by-hanging-for-stealing-mobile-phones-recharge-cards/164786/

      • BellaNaija.com November 21, 2013 at 3:32 AM

        Thanks for the tipoff. This is so tragic. We will follow up

      • Aibee November 21, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        Before you start an online petition, please be informed that “armed robbery” is punishable with death. It is of no import that he stole an item worth N500 or N50 or even that no one died in the robbery. If you try to resist an armed robber, he will “off” you without considering the value of what he wants to rob you of.
        If you feel like petitioning for anything, I’m sure there are a myriad of other ills that your petitions can correct.

        • slice November 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

          All I keep thinking is the law is not smart. The reason any countries don’t give the death penalty is to discourage armed robbers from killing their victims. If an armed robber knows he can ony face death if he kills, then he’s more likely to to take the risk of letting the victim stay alive to identify him. The death penatly shd be reserved for criminals that actually kill not that could have killed

        • slice November 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

          Many countries

        • Cancel Reply November 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

          Yeah, the same way we have laws against corruption, but no one is upholding it when it comes to politician.

    • NNENNE November 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Congratulations. Now start paying the bills because truth
      is that you payed little to non in Nigeria.

      • Nosey November 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        You mean paid don’t you. Hater oshi

    • NYstyle November 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Cecelia the only observant and intelligent person among all the above commenters …my first question exactly was how did that happen when she’s been living in Nigeria for the past 5years???? British citizenship can only be acquired in 4 ways.. marriage, 10years legal….hmmmm I beg make I no dey give people all the info, go find out yasef

    • girl November 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      lmfao!!! this is funny!!! i cant even believe BN posted
      this!! slow news day or what??

    • nich November 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      this is wonderful especially for those who are planning to
      return to nigeria and those who already have got good jobs in
      nigeria………. i have said this before……..as soon as eko
      atlantic city and ghana’s light city begins to rise the next 5yrs
      most nigerians abroad would be heading home to lagos……..those
      with foreign passport would be the first to make this move
      expecially those with european citizenship………those with
      american citizenship would follow later…………expecially when
      they realize that thats the only way to save their children from
      wayward and disrespectful american life…….

    • http://legonaija.blogspot.co.uk November 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      How ?

    • Unisex November 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      hmm, i am lost how can she be citizen? She not been living
      in uk? someone enlighten me how was this possible. When met this
      girl in lagos a few years back was not italy she said she once

    • anon kwenu November 21, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      omgeee why is this news!!!! jeez!

    • Silvia November 21, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      If it means the world to her, then congratulations.

    • chinco November 21, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      Bellanaija sha… Smh

    • Zelda November 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      sit down dia de ask qstions n y will some pple call her ugly, she is God’s creature besides person jst wrote on her twiter page dat she gt uk visa, pple come de insult her, nawa

    • Soraya November 21, 2013 at 8:45 AM


    • Tiki November 21, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Wooo, so many jealous people on here! Congrats Karen, no more visa applications (and fees, those things annoy me!!!!) for you!

    • memze November 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Congrats Karen! It makes you happy, go for it, that’s what life is all about.

    • zero November 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Serouslyyyy..mennn, i just tire..guess she’s just trying to get into the news. Meanwhile, how did she even get it? I smell runs, she may be in trouble 4 this, you know..this desperate means to get guys running after her,feeling lyk she don get some levels or whteva nonsense fit land am 4 serious palava oh…hahahaha..u shdnt have done that karen..

    • Anonymous November 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Oh great— The british can have her…hissing.

      • corolla November 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Eyah…you so bitter

    • paloma November 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      chai! too much negative comments on bella naija!

    • paloma November 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      well i go jt dey read una comments sha :D

    • adelegirl November 21, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      I am sorry but cannot hate on the girl’s grind and hustle. Good on her. Don’t be acting like there aren’t several benefits attached to being a British citizen. If I got it, I would celebrate too and I am a die hard “I love Naija” person. For starters, I don’t have to pay, submit my life in documents and wait in anticipation for visa applications. I can also breeze through immigration at the airports. I am entitled to good healthcare and other social benefits. When I think of the stories I read almost everyday of people dying from occurrences as natural as child birth, no thanks to poor health system here. Pls, Karen Igho, congratulations. She’s not much different from our rich Nigerian political and elite class who are now buying citizenship packages for $250k for a family of four, but she is at least honest. After they have finished spoiling this country, they fly the coop and leave the poor ones to suffer the damage they have done. I like living in Nigeria, I like my life here cos it’s not shabby at all but I would absolutely celebrate if I got a British/American or any better EU country citizenship as long as I can continue living here and come and go as I please.

      • Mrs Dangote (nee Anonymous) November 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        I totally agree with you adelegirl!

    • dma November 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Waoo never knew naija celebs are keen on getting British Citizenship i guess been a celebrity in Nigerian dosen’t automatically opens doors!!!!!

    • AA November 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Eya! Karen it is well my dear. Congrats and be happy always. But too many people like to vex unnecessarily on this blog sha. Na wa o

    • contessa November 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      @Adelegirl, thank you very much for being real. Best comment so far. See them talking trash yet most of them save up to go have their babies in the US. Who are we deceiving?

    • Ultimate Football Forum November 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Am happy for you but.

    • nich November 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      nobody is deceiving anybody but it is wisdom if u can acquire a foreign passport………for announcing it i do not know if that is the right thing to do….but i think that she is just super excited and who in nigeria wont be since nigerian politicians are spending about $250 to $500k to acquire theirs for themselves and their families…..

    • truthhurts November 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      ok i heard the news earlier but had questions as well, how did she get .. not to be a hater or anything , but as a nigerian-american citizen i had to stay here for five years to even qualify… and in the UK i heard you have to be over there for at 8 years permanently before u can become a citizen.

    • nnennia ifepe November 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      karen has every reason to rejoice.173 countries visa free
      application.if you know the stress involved in application of visa
      and the ridicule our naija passport gets,u will celebrate on her
      behalf.i was delayed at fumicno airport in rome while people with
      European passport were checked in quickly all cos of my passport.At
      London airport people with naija passport and other 3rd world
      countries will line up separately and they will be checked well
      while people with Uk passport will be given hassle free ride.She
      can travel to 173 countries of the world without visa
      application,dats stress and money saved.congrats karen

    • nnennia ifepe November 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      karen has every reason to rejoice..if you know the stress involved in application of visa and the ridicule our naija passport gets,u will celebrate on her behalf.i was delayed at fumicno airport in rome while people with European passport were checked in quickly all cos of my passport.At London airport people with naija passport and other 3rd world countries will line up separately and they will be checked well while people with Uk passport will be given hassle free ride.She can travel to 173 countries of the world without visa application,dats stress and money saved.congrats karen

    • nnennia ifepe November 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      173 countries of the world to her credit without visa
      application;thats stress and money saved.congrats karen.our
      nigerian passport is yet to have a high reputation in the
      international scene

    • Gee November 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      @truthhurts: citizenship is definitely not up to 8 yrs in UK, here’s a link for different ways of becoming a Brit and their different requirements ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/eligibility/

      People have different ways of expressing their happiness and joy. How Karen chooses to express hers is no man’s business. Nigerians are becoming too fond of character assassination and that’s quite sad. You actually don’t have to comment if you are that bitter about a post.
      Like Nnennia Ifepe rightly said “173 countries of the world to her credit without visa
      application;thats stress and money saved.” I can totally relate to that and need I add that its quite a lot of stress and money saved….