Rihanna whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was appointed an ‘Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary’ for her home country, Barbados on Thursday.
The singer who became a Barbados’ cultural ambassador in 2008, doing promotional work for its tourism ministry, now has an expanded role which includes promoting education, tourism and investment.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley who honored the singer with the title, said;
“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home.”
“She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados.”
Accepting the ambassadorial appointment, Rihanna who is now described as Ambassador Fenty by the Barbados government, said;
“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. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.”