Superstar singer Rihanna has been honored with a street named after her in her home country of Barbados.
The announcement was made by Barbados Ministry of Tourism. The dedication will happen on November 30, Barbados’ Independence Day.
“The Government of Barbados will on Independence Day, Thursday 30th November, 2017 officially change the name of Westbury New Road located in St. Michael to Rihanna Drive in honour of Barbadian superstar Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty who grew up in Westbury New Road,” it reads.
The singer has given a lot back to the country since she became famous. She earned Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for her work in improving cancer treatment in Barbados.
“When I was five or six years old, I remember watching TV and I would see these commercials and I was watching other children suffer in other parts of the world and you know the commercials were, ‘you can give 25 cents, save a child’s life,’ you know?,” she noted in her acceptance speech.
“And I would think to myself like, I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa. And I would say to myself you know, ‘when I grow up, when I can get rich, I’mma save kids all over the world.’ I just didn’t know I would be in the position to do that by the time I was a teenager,” she joked.
“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.” She added, “You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, you don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous, you don’t even have to be college educated. But it starts with your neighbor… you just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”