The government announced in a statement that Robyn Rihanna Fenty, by her full name, was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, though not assigned to another country.
“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education.” Said the island’s prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley. “She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home.”
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Along with her multi-platinum record sales, the 30-year-old singer and entrepreneur was hailed for her “significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business” according to The Guardian.
In reaction to this decision, Rihanna said “I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country (…) Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility.”
Rihanna lived in Barbados until she was 16, before debuting her international career.