Rihanna has been given an ambassadorial role in her native Barbados.
The artist, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for her home country on Thursday (Sept. 20).
The singer and entrepreneur will promote education, tourism and investment in her home country.
Rihanna said she was proud to receive the prestigious title and was looking forward to helping “reimagine Barbados”.
The 30-year-old singer was hailed for her “significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business” by the Caribbean island’s prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley.
“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education,” Mottley aid.
“She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home.”
Rihanna’s expanded role reflects her “global influence across a much broader range of areas”.
Motley also noted her significant charitable contributions at home and abroad.
Having already helped promote tourism to Barbados since 2008, Rihanna will now also promote the country’s education and investment efforts as part of her new responsibilities.
In the statement, Rihanna was quoted as saying she “couldn’t be more proud” of being given the chance to help shape the future of her home country.
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country,” she said.
“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.”
News of the appointment comes just over a week after the singer’s latest Diamond Ball raised $6 million for her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation.
Rihanna is one of the best-selling singers of all time, with 250 million record sales globally. She has also enjoyed success as an actress and fashion designer, and launched a widely-praised makeup collection last year.
The singer was born in Saint Michael in Barbados, and grew up in the capital, Bridgetown.
She lived there until her teen years when she was discovered by an American record producer, who helped her break into the US charts.
The pop star has also been a vocal commentator on political and social issues. In 2017, she was a prominent critic of President Donald Trump’s response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.
The same year, she called for an end to gun violence after a cousin was shot dead in Barbados.
A street she used to live on was renamed Rihanna Drive in her honour.
In March, she almost singlehandedly wiped $1bn off Snapchat’s value after criticising the app for an advert that appeared to make light of domestic violence.