Rihanna has just taken on a new role on behalf of her her native Barbados, where she’s just been named as official ambassador for the Caribbean nation, tasked with promoting education, tourism and investment.
The appointment was made by Barbados’ Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, who praised the 30-year-old singer for her “significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business” in the announcement, as reported by The Guardian.
“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education,” said Mottley. “She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home.”
While Rihanna is already a cultural ambassador for the island nation, her new role will expand to include “global influence across a much broader range of areas.”
In a statement, Rihanna expressed her excitement at becoming Barbados’ new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (her official title).
“I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country,” Rihanna 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.”
She added: “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados.”