Rihanna made national hero as Barbados becomes republic
As Barbados became the world’s newest republic, its prime minister’s first act was to officially declare the island’s most famous citizen, Rihanna, a national hero.
Barbados had already conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary on the billionaire multiple Grammy-winning singer and businesswoman in 2018 and tasked her with encouraging education and tourism.
The « Umbrella » songstress commanded « the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence with her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth, » Prime Minister Mia Mottley told the assembled dignitaries at the « Pride of Nationhood » celebrations on Tuesday.
« 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, » Mottley said, inviting the singer up to stand alongside her.
« May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit, wherever you shall go, » she said, with a nod to the singer’s hit « Diamonds. »
Source: The Jamaican Observer
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