|Posted by Admin on December 2, 2021 at 7:45 AM|
Rihanna says she will always be a Bajan after being named the country’s 11th National Nero.
Barbados officially became a republic on Monday (Nov 29) as the country removed the Queen of England as its head of state and installed its first woman president Dame Sandra.
As part of the celebrations, Rihanna was named a national hero, an illustrious title bestowed on her for her contribution to the island’s development through philanthropy via her Clara Lionel Foundation, which has made numerous donations to the health sector as well as education.
That’s not the only reason she is being recognized. With her blooming fame, Rihanna put her home country on the map worldwide as she always repped Barbados everywhere she went, and she even has her Bajan accent. Through her, the country has benefitted immensely from tourism and investments.
Rihanna is the second woman to receive the prestigious award and the second recipient to still be alive alongside famous cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers. She is also the 11th national hero for the island, which relies mainly on tourism to survive.
On Tuesday, as celebrations continued, Rihanna spoke about the award and said she was surprised by the national gesture.
“This is a day that I would never forget. It’s also a day that I I never saw coming,” she began.
The singer added that she continues to embody the spirit of her people everywhere she goes.