Rihanna has been declared a national hero by the Barbados Republic after she was honoured by Prime Minister Mia Mottley at an event marking its new status as a republic.
The artist and businesswoman, also known by her full name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was previously named ambassador to Barbados in 2018 received, “the order of national hero” during the event in Bridgetown. Mottley invited Rihanna on stage to accept the honour which she gladly did.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we, therefore, present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty,” Mottley said. “May you continue to shine like a diamond and continue to bring honour to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit wherever you shall go.”
The ceremony was held to commemorate Barbados leaving the reign of the British monarchy after 396 years. It will also remain within the Commonwealth, a grouping of 54 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.
Earlier this year, Rihanna, who is also behind the famous beauty brand Fenty joined the billionaire’s club making her the wealthiest musician in the world and the second-wealthiest female entertainer in the world after Oprah Winfrey. Forbes estimated the pop star’s wealth to be worth billion.
RiRi is a business mogul and founder of fashion house Fenty as well as makeup line Fenty Beauty which have made her a lot of money aside from her music career exploits.
Robyn was born in Saint Michael in Barbados and grew up in Bridgetown before moving to the United States as a teenager to pursue a career in music.
She has since become one of the best-selling artists of all time, winning top industry awards along the way, and branched out to create cosmetic and clothing businesses in recent years.
Barbados names Rihanna as a national hero of the republic
In 2018, she was named as “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for Barbados, a role that involves promoting education, tourism and investment on the Caribbean island, which is home to nearly 300,000 people.
A year earlier, the pop star also had a Barbados street she used to live in renamed after her as Rihanna Drive in her honour.
Her latest recognition makes her the 11th Barbadian to have ever been honoured as a national hero. The only other living person to have received the same award is iconic cricketer Garfield Sobers, who was also present at Monday’s ceremony and hugged Rihanna.
Meanwhile, there’s still no word on when Rihanna will be releasing new music, as her last album, Anti, came out in 2016, prior to her major brand expansions.
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