Barbados’ prime minister Mia Mottley has named Grammy award-winning singer Rihanna as a National Hero. The announcement was made at a ceremony marking the country’s separation from the United Kingdom to become a republic.
The 33-year-old was born in Barbados and the event took place in her hometown, Bridgetown on Monday night. Rihanna said as she was invited to be declared a national hero and an ambassador of the new Republic of Barbados, “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,”
Prime Minister Mottley during his speech said, “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. To honour her, he said to: “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.”
It was gathered that the honour was also given to to 11 people, and Rihana is the second woman to receive it.