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Rihanna a national hero of Barbados

Robyn Rihanna Fenty
 
Recording artiste, fashion designer and businesswoman Robyn Rihanna Fenty is officially a national hero of Barbados.
 
President Dame Sandra Mason conferred the award during the country's National Independence Honours ceremony on Tuesday morning.
 
Rihanna, whose official title is now the 'Right Excellent', said the honour was a surprise as she thanked Prime Minister Mia Mottley for the recognition. 
 
"I have travelled the world and received several awards and recognitions but nothing, nothing compares to being recognised in the soil that you grew in, so I thank you so much for this," she said shortly after accepting the honour and greeting dignitaries, including Sir Garfied Sobers, the only other living national hero of the country.  
 
The declaration of Rihanna as a national hero was made on Monday night by Prime Minister Mia Mottley during a ceremony to symbolise Barbados becoming a republic.
 
The honour makes the 33-year-old the country's 11th national hero and second national heroine. 
 
The makeup and fashion mogul had been appointed as an ambassador of Barbados in 2018.
 
As the country marked its 55th anniversary of political independence from Britain on Tuesday, it also bestowed honours on 87 other nationals.
 
While most of the awards went to those involved in the fight against COVID-19, the COVID-19 leadership team of seven will share the Order of Freedom of Barbados - the same honour that had been bestowed on Dame Sandra Mason, who became Barbados's first President of the Republic.
 
Britain's Prince Charles, who witnessed the island's transition from a realm to a republic within the Commonwealth received the Honorary Order of Freedom of Barbados. 
 


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