Pop singer, actress, and designer Rihanna has added another title to her list of achievements after receiving an ambassadorial role from her country, Barbados. The star, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for her home country on Thursday.
The role involves promoting education, tourism and investment.
Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley said she was honoured to confer the title.
In a statement, the prime minister 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.”
Rihanna has been a cultural ambassador for Barbados since 2008 and has helped promote tourism. She was born in her home country and grew up in the capital Bridgetown.
In 2017, a street she used to live on was renamed ‘Rihanna Drive’ in her honour.
The star (who is now described as Ambassador Fenty by the Barbados government) in a statement accepting the new role said she “couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title” in her 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 re-imagine Barbados.”