The Government of Barbados has just named the pop icon Rihannah as the country’s ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
As an ambassador for Barbados, Rihanna will focus on promoting education (already something she spends a lot of time on) and will also work to boost tourism and foreign investment in the country. She will also have the power to negotiate and sign agreements on behalf of her government according to a statement from the Barbados Government Information Services.
Education can be stolen from you in a second,” she wrote in the Guardian on Tuesday. “As we’ve seen recently on an unprecedented scale, the Caribbean gets hit by natural disasters that wipe out schools, leaving thousands of children stranded.”
“It does not have to be this way,” she wrote.
“Rihanna has a deep love for this country, and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education,” said Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley in an official statement. “She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home. She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados.”
As for Rihanna? She is ready! The beauty and fashion mogul is gearing up to do her part for the greater good of her home.
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country,” she said, according to E! News. “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. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.”
The role builds on her previous work as an advocate for children’s education around the world through the Global Partnership for Education and through the Clara Lionel Foundation, which she started in 2012.