Rihanna declared ‘National Hero’ by Barbados after they ditched Queen Elizabeth & became a Republic
We all know that millions around the globe prefer to call her Queen Rihanna. But, it looks like Riri is now more than just a queen, but a national hero to a nation-state as well. Barbados has recently declared Rihanna as a ‘National Hero’ after the country declared itself an Independent Republic and ditched Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. In a way, you can say that Rihanna has overthrown Queen Elizabeth in Barbados.
In a grand ceremony, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley served its official ties with the British monarchy, removing Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state on Monday. This officially ends the island’s last colonial bonds with the British, emerging as an independent republic. Prince Charles was also present for the ceremony to celebrate the severance of the formal links to his 95-year-old mother, saying:
From the darkest days of our past and the appalling atrocity of slavery which forever stains our history, people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude.
However, that was not the only cause of celebration.
Barbados’s most well-known citizen, declared National Hero and Ambassador
The tiny island nation in the Caribbean also honored one of the most well-known Barbadians in the world – Rihanna. The Prime Minister honored the pop singer, fashion icon, and entrepreneur, declaring her a National Hero. She said:
(Rihanna) commands 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. 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.
Moreover, Prime Minister Mottley also referenced Rihanna’s 2012 hit Diamonds, adding:
May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit wherever you shall go.
Is Rihanna from Barbados or Jamaica?
Lastly, there is also one small misconception about Rihanna that some might have. Many people consider her to be Jamaican. However, that is simply not true. In fact, some Jamaicans even famously ran propaganda on Twitter to convince people that the Umbrella singer is from Jamaica. However, there is no veracity to that claim.
Rihanna was born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. Moreover, she celebrates her Barbados heritage by not softening her Bajan accent and connecting her music with genres like pop, R&B, and dance music, which are native to the Caribbean. With this, Rihanna becomes one of 10 Barbadians regarded as National Heros. One of them is Sir Garfield (Garry) Sobers, regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He was present at the ceremony too as he embraced Rihanna. And for that, she was previously appointed as the official ambassador for culture and youth for Barbados back in 2019. Maybe Riri could run for the office of Prime Minister of Barbados someday? Who knows!