Rihanna Declared a National Hero as Barbados Becomes a Republic

November 30, 2021

Caribbean island Barbados is looking to leave its colonial past behind and is now the newest republic in the world. During the monumental ceremony, 33-year-old Rihanna was awarded the National Hero honour.

The prime minister of Barbados, while presenting the award, stated “On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we, therefore, present to you the designee for national hero for Barbados, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation by your works, by your actions.”


Rihanna has been the ambassador for Barbados since 2018 and was seemingly emotionally moved by the event and award.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Barbados President Sandra Mason honour singer Rihanna as a National Hero during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
Image: The singer was awarded the honour as the Caribbean island celebrated becoming a republic

This occasion marks the fact that Barbados has officially removed the Queen as their head of state.

Check out the award being given to her below.

Learn more from the video below.



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