Barbados names Rihanna a national hero

Barbados names Rihanna a national hero

NATIONAL HERO. Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados on November 30, 2021.

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Barbados also swore in its first elected president Sandra Mason, as it removed Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state

MANILA, Philippines – It’s official: Rihanna is a national hero of Barbados.

The singer and makeup mogul shone bright like a diamond at a November 30 ceremony where Barbados celebrated its new status as a republic.

“On behalf of a grateful nation but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you the designee for national hero of Barbados, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty,” said Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley at the ceremony.

Rihanna, 33, was born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados. She relocated to the United States as a teenager to pursue her music career. She was named ambassador of Barbados in 2018, and became a cultural ambassador for the country in 2008.

Barbados swore in its first elected president Sandra Mason, as it removed Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. The move severs Barbados’  last remaining colonial bonds 55 years since it declared independence in 1966. – Rappler.com