Rita Ora

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Birth Name: Rita Sahatçiu Ora

Place of Birth: Pristina, Yugoslavia

Date of Birth: 26 November, 1990

Ethnicity: Albanian

Rita Ora is a British singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born November 26, 1990, in Pristina, Yugoslavia, to a Kosovan Albanian family. Her family moved to the U.K when she was a child, because of the persecution of Albanians in Kosovo.

Her parents are Vera (Bajraktari) and Besnik Sahatçiu. Her father is a Muslim and her mother is Catholic. When asked about her ethnicity in an interview, Rita stated that she is “100% from Kosovo”. This can be seen, starting at the 2:30 mark, in this clip.

Her surname, Sahatçiu, is derived from the Turkish word saatçi, which means “watchmaker”. Her parents later added Ora, which means “time” in Albanian, so it could be more easily pronounced.

Rita’s paternal grandfather was Besim Sahatçiu, a film director (the son of Adem Sahatçiu and Besa).

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  1. neiltennant says:

    she looks if she has 1/4 African descent

    as a small child she was blonde but her face looked different from other South Eastern Europeans

    even Gypsys don’t look like her

  2. neiltennant says:

    in germany there were a lot of kosovo people and albanian gypsies most of them were deported to their countries

    i think she is a gipsy albanian

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