The island of Barbados is now an independent republic, and one of the first agendas of its rulers is to crown the local gem, Rihanna … a national treasure.
Monday marked a historic milestone for the Caribbean nation, as Queen elizabeth ii was removed from his post as head of state and Barbados became for the first time its own independent body. It also served as an induction, of sorts, for RiRi – who has been dubbed an official national hero.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley – who serves separately from the newly elected president, Sandra mason – bestowed the title on Rihanna, saying she had “commanded the imagination of the world by pursuing excellence with her creativity, discipline and, above all, her extraordinary commitment to her homeland”.
Rihanna has done a lot for Barbados in many capacities – not only does she represent her home in her music and elsewhere, but she has also been an Ambassador since 2018. Besides this latest honor, they have showered her with other accolades and gestures. over the years – including name a street after her.
She is only the 11th Barbadian in history to be considered a national hero.
Meanwhile, the rest of Barbados was celebrating the fact that it no longer had to operate under the monarchy in the future, which was a long time coming. The island declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, but has remained one of its Commonwealth nations.
For what it’s worth … the Royal Family were in full support, sending prince charles to deliver a speech praising the freedom of Barbados – a move that drew mixed reactions due to the history of slavery and exploitation established by his ancestor, King James I, in 1625.
Barbados will continue to function within the Commonwealth.