‘X-Factor’ judge Rita Ora has been named an honorary ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, the country in which she was born. The 24 year old lived in the country’s capital of Pristina before her family moved to London when she was just one year old. Holding back tears the singer said she would wear the title of honorary ambassador ‘with great pride and responsibility’.

Rita OraRita Ora has been named an honorary ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo.

The award was bestowed on Ora by Kosovo’s president Atifete Jahjaga, who described the ‘X-Factor’ judge as Kosovo’s most successful artist. “This is amazing. Thank you madam president for this honour,” Ora said appearing at the Kosovan embassy in London

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"I am so emotional. This is so incredible for me,” the singer continued. “I didn’t come into this world with any expectations. I didn’t expect to be a role model, least of all being ambassador, but I’m not going to say no. This is beyond what I thought was going to happen.”

“My parents brought us (my elder sister and younger brother) to this country with the hope and the dream that we could get a decent education ... which is so important for our hopes and values and for what we want to achieve in our lives. I grew up in Britain, a country that has given me so much for which I am grateful, but I will always have a special place in my heart for my home town and Kosovo.”

The singer was joined at the ceremony by her parents Vera and Besnik Sahatciu, along with former British prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie. Ora added that she plans to do all she can to help the youth of Kosovo saying, “I will accept this role and do something for our generation and bring us together up to date with the rest of the world. I just want our youth to know that they can really make a difference.”

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Presenting the honour, President Atifete Jahjaga described Ora as “shining light". Adding that she “embodies what we are as a nation beyond talent and success that makes us all proud. She is the best bridge between Kosovo, the country she was born in, and Britain, the country she now calls home.”