At only 30 years old, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has established herself as a chart-topping and award-winning singer, an actress, a style maven and a successful beauty entrepreneur, as well as a devoted humanitarian and global education advocate. She now adds the title of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados to her resumé. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley confirmed over the weekend that Rihanna had been conferred this title, tasking her with promoting education, investment and tourism in her home country.
‘Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home,’ Mottley said.
In response to her prestigious new role, the ‘Work’ singer told media that she’s ‘looking forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.’
‘I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility,’ Rihanna added.
Rihanna is no stranger to the world of politics and philanthropy – in February this year she managed to successfully lobby French President Emmanuel Macron to support funding for girls’ education in underprivileged countries, earning a $250-million deal for this cause. And in a recent op-ed for The Guardian, the star wrote a lengthy impassioned letter about why children’s education is a philanthropic project that is so close to her heart.
In it, she wrote:
‘I’m not ashamed to say I’m still learning. I’ve grown tremendously as an individual through my formal education as well as the global education I have received by travelling the world through music. The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender. Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritise global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work. The notion that millions of children are desperate to go to school and are not given the opportunity is something I cannot accept.’
Read it in full here.
With Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Her Excellency Robyn Fenty in key leadership positions, it’s safe to say that Barbados is in good hands.