Rihanna Named Barbados’ 11th National Hero

Rihanna speaks at the National Honours Ceremony on 30 November 2021 (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service)

To date, Rihanna is the youngest person to receive the honour and has joined Sir Garfield Sobers as the island’s second living National Hero.

(Barbados Government Information Service Press Release) International superstar and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism and investment, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has been named the 11th National Hero of Barbados.  

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley made the announcement just before 1:00 a.m. during the investiture ceremony in National Heroes Square, to officially declare the island a republic and install Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason as President.

President of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason invest Rihanna with her award (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service)

She explained that the decision was taken in accordance with Chapter 399 of the Laws of Barbados, the Order of National Heroes Act (Section Eight).

“…Within one mile of this space from Bridgetown, there is a National Hero by the name of The Right Excellent Sir Garfield St. Alban Sobers. Born of humble origins, but capable of capturing the imagination of the world by being the greatest of all time in cricket…. We, too, have on the other side of Bridgetown, born less than one mile from here, to and literally, from humble origins, catching a ZR to Combermere School, but above all else, commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, with her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

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