Rihanna declared a national hero – the pop singer was declared a national hero by her home country of Barbados during a ceremony as it completed its transition into an independent republic.
Rihanna declared a national hero
Mia Mottley, the prime minister of Barbados; quoted a lyric from Rihanna‘s 2012 song, Diamonds, and told Riri: “May you continue to shine like a diamond,” as the latter was declared a national hero of Barbados during the ceremony.
Mottley described Rihanna as commanding 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.
The Barbados prime minister added: “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.”
Rihanna is one of 10 Barbadians who were declared a national hero by the country.
Rihanna was born in Saint Michael on February 20, 1988, and was raised in the country’s capital of Bridgetown. She formed a girl group with two of her friends and was discovered by music producer Evan Rogers, the group did an audition with him which he describes: “The minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist.”
Rihanna then moved to the US to pursue her music career and her demo tape landed on Jay Z’s (who was the president and CEO of Def Jam) table and the rest, as they say, is history.
She then went on to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world and even had an annual holiday, Rihanna Day, dedicated to her by then prime minister David Thompson.
Riri then went on to carve out a successful business with her Fenty product line and as of August, she was estimated by Forbes to be worth about $1.7 billion, with $1.4 billion coming from the value of her Fenty Beauty company.