Rihanna has been named Barbados’ National Hero as the country celebrates its republican status

Rihanna was honored as part of the celebrations marking Barbados’ transition to a republic, with president-elect Sandra Mason set to take over as head of state after the country announced last year that it would sever ties with the monarchy.

Rihanna is honoured as a National Hero in Bridgetown, Barbados during the inauguration ceremony for president-elect Sandra Mason. Credit: Jeff J Mitchell – Pool/Getty Images

With the generosity and charity she performs to enhance the standard of living of her people, artist Rihanna demonstrates that she is more than a musician, a business magnate, but a very proud citizen of her country.

The announcement was made today as part of the celebrations marking Barbados’ transition to a republic, with president-elect Sandra Mason set to take over as head of state after the country announced last year that it would sever ties with the monarchy.

Rihanna is honoured as a National Hero in Bridgetown, Barbados during the inauguration ceremony for president-elect Sandra Mason. Credit: Jeff J Mitchell – Pool/Getty Images

At its republican celebrations in her hometown of Bridgetown, Barbados declared the hit singer a national hero. ‘On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we, therefore, present to you, the designee, for a national hero of Barbados, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond,’ said the country’s prime minister, Mia Mottley. “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your country through your works and actions.”

Rihanna is honoured as a National Hero in Bridgetown, Barbados during the inauguration ceremony for president-elect Sandra Mason. Credit: Jeff J Mitchell – Pool/Getty Images

Rihanna was born in Barbados in 1988 and nurtured in Bridgetown until she was discovered as a teenager by American record producer Evan Rogers and moved to the United States to pursue a career.

The singer was appointed as a Barbadian cultural ambassador in 2008. In 2018, Rihanna was named Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for her native nation, a post that includes promoting education, tourism, and investment.

When the Barbados government announced plans last year to “fully leave” their “colonial past behind” by becoming a republic in 2021, fans joked that Rihanna should take over as head of state in place of Queen Elizabeth II.

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