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'Shine like a diamond': Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero

The honour is part of celebrations to mark Barbados becoming a republic. 

'Shine like a diamond': Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero

FILE PHOTO: 51st NAACP Image Awards – Photo Room– Pasadena, California, U.S., February 22, 2020 – Rihanna poses backstage with her President's award. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Barbados declared hit singer Rihanna a national hero at its republican celebrations in her hometown of Bridgetown.

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.

The singer, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was born in the Caribbean island in 1988. In 2018, she was name the country's Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary. 

Source: Reuters/sr

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