UPDATED January 17, 2018:
News on the street is Rihanna Drive, named after the pop princess in her hometown of Saint Michael's Barbados, is a huge hit amongst locals and tourists alike. Once named Westbury New Road, the street has become a definitive destination for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of RiRi's humble upbringing.
Barbados' Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy says more than a thousand people visited in the summer season and promises residents of the street will soon benefit from the increased foot traffic as well. Rihanna was present during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the street, which took place back in November of 2017.
Original article below:
Everyone's infamous fave is about to be immortalized in a major way, with news circulating that Rihanna will soon have a street named after her in her home island of Barbados!
The street is reported to be named Rihanna Drive and will be situated in her hometown of Saint Michael. The news stems from the island's Ministry of Tourism which announced which they would be officially changing the street Westbury New Road, where Rihanna grew up, to Rihanna Drive.
"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,” reads a statement released by the Ministry of Tourism. Naturally, RiRi as well plans to be present for the two-hour unveiling event.
Although Rihanna left her home in Saint Michael to tour the world and become a pop star and mogul in her teens, she regularly revisits her hometown – attending the local CropOver Festival yearly – and even still has a home there.
Clearly, he contributions to pop culture and music could warrant her an iconic place in her hometown's history, but the artist's charitable and philanthropic contributions are something to marvel at as well.
In recent years, Ri sponsored the construction of a massive breast cancer facility at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados. She as well supports both the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign providing children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries.
Ugh, we all love an icon. Kudos to RiRi for making her mark in history time and time again.