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Rihanna Declared National Hero of Barbados

Written by FDM

The Caribbean island of Barbados no longer has a queen, but rather a head of state, Sandra Mason, and a “national hero”: the artist, and businesswoman, Rihanna.

The Bajan artist has just been declared a “national hero” in a ceremony that marks the country becoming the world’s newest republic. Indeed the country frees itself from the British crown, by becoming a republic and by having a head of state.

Rihanna “made the whole world dream with her quest for excellence, her creativity, her discipline and above all her extraordinary commitment to her homeland,” Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley told dignitaries gathered for the official ceremony during which the new president elected in October, Sandra Mason, was sworn in.

“On behalf of a grateful country, but an even prouder people, we present to you the designee  for The National Hero of Barbados, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Mottley continued, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation.”

Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the singer and businesswoman’s full name, was born in Barbados 33 years ago. In 2018, she had already been granted the title of Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the Island State, responsible for promoting tourism, education, and investment.

After 396 years, the Caribbean island comes to terms with the British monarchy’s reign, announcing the decision to cut ties with the monarchy in 2020, prime minister Mia Mottley, who led the ceremony, said the time had come for Barbados to “fully leave our colonial past behind”.