Barbados has declared hit singer, Rihanna a national hero at its republican celebrations in her hometown of Bridgetown.
Naija News recalls that Barbados officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state to become the world’s newest republic.
In an overnight ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the 33-year-old would be conferred with the honour of National Hero of Barbados to cheers.
Rihanna was called up before the crowds to be congratulated by Mottley.
“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation by your works, by your actions,” Mottley told Rihanna, a reference to her 2012 chart-topping single “Diamonds.
Meanwhile, the famous singer and businesswoman Rihanna recently joined the prestigious Forbes ranking, becoming the richest musician in the world with an estimated fortune of $1.7 billion.
“All I see is dollar signs, “ Rihanna sang on her hit Pour It Up. A title that fits perfectly with the new financial course that the designer has just passed.
The 33-year-old Barbadian is officially a billionaire according to the Forbes ranking. With an estimated wealth of 1.7 billion according to Forbes , Rihanna is placed just behind Oprah Winfrey and thus becomes the richest singer in the world. And yet, it is not thanks to her art that she has become so rich.