Prime Minister Freundel Stuart confers on the singing sensation the title of Cultural Ambassador of Barbados.

Rising star Trinity Clarke singing for Rihanna.

Singer Nikita Herbert rendering a hit of Barbadian
international recording artiste Rihanna.

PM bestows Cultural Ambassador of Barbados title on Rihanna

PRIME MINISTER the Right Honourable Freundel Stuart considers Barbadian international recording artiste Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty’s achievements a tremendous feat and not an easy one for a young, black female from the Caribbean, who has prevailed in a hugely competitive environment.

Speaking at the ceremony to rename Westbury New Road, to Rihanna Drive, Prime Minister Stuart said Rihanna will go down in Barbadian history as a multifaceted Barbadian, skilled entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, and caring world citizen.

“The naming of roads and institutions in honour of distinguished citizens is an age-old practice followed all over the world. From today, in Barbados, your legacy will be reflected in the renaming of Westbury New Road, to “Rihanna Drive”. This renaming will positively uplift this community, as residents can identify closely with the person in whose honour this road is being renamed. Visitors to the island will be able to connect with you in this place,” he said.

The Prime Minister reminded everyone that to the west of Westbury is the Spring Garden Highway, where the climax of the annual Crop Over Festival takes place. He said Rihanna’s natural enjoyment of Crop Over has promoted the festival in a way that no one else can do.

Her participation in this event attracts international media attention, and exposes the island to her millions of followers on various social media platforms. Indeed, she is the quintessential Social Media Diva, Prime Minister Stuart declared.

He also pointed out that the new renamed Rihanna Drive is located near to the renowned Kensington Oval and the Deep Water Harbour, two significant locations on the Barbadian landscape.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we can risk saying that Rihanna Drive will become a hub; it will accentuate this entire area and become another significant landmark for Barbados. There are already reports of tourists curious to see and record where Rihanna lived. Taxi drivers and tour guides will be able to proudly point out the house where Rihanna grew up and to show them the plaque,” he said. (AH)

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