Shine bright like a diamond!
Bestowing the honors as the country celebrates becoming a republic, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation.”
Coming on the heels of Barbados removing Queen Elizabeth 11 as Head of State, becoming fully a republic, on November 10, Barbados born superstar Robyn Rihanna Fenty aka Rihanna
attended the declaration of the republic and inauguration ceremony for President-elect Sandra Mason, in her hometown of Bridgetown where she received the prestigious honors
Rihanna during the ceremony was bestowed with the National Hero of Barbados Award by prime minister Mia Mottley.
“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to give credit wherever you shall do it,” prime minister Mottley said while conferring the honor to Rihanna, who will now be known by the honorific The Right Excellent.
Born in Barbados in 1988, Rihanna was raised in Bridgetown, where she lived until discovery by American record producer Evan Rogers as a teenager, subsequently moving to the United States
In 2018, Rihanna was named the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for her home country, which demands promoting education, tourism, and investment.
In 2008, the singer was given a Barbadian ambassadorial role for culture.