Barbadian singer and songwriter, Robyn Rihanna Fenty mostly known as Rihanna has officially unveiled the street that has been named after her in Barbados.
The ‘Wild Thoughts’ singer travelled back to her native country, two months after it was announced, to make it official.
The Government Of Barbados changed the name of Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive, to honour the global impact of the R&B singer.
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a day my people and I will never forget! all the lessons, running around barefoot, nosey neighbors, braiding hair on the step, playing in the cemetery, walking to the beach, rum shop karaoke keeping the whole street awake til 4am ("only the lonely" by Roy Orbison is playing in my head as I type this) , stealing Sammy pomegranates from his tree, begging my mother to let me walk to Jan's shop cause she had American snacks, selling plastic/glass bottles to Peter so I could buy those American snacks, getting my hair hot combed for Harvest at church, doing my homework on my front step while Miss Hyacinth yells "ya gon get belly hurt from dat cold step" across from her veranda, watching iFE walk past with her dreads dragging on the floor like a couture gown, all the times I thought Melissa came to hang out with me, turns out she was dating my next door neighbor all along, rushing to do dishes when my mother's high heels start hitting the pavement as she gets off the bus from work……right here on this street! WESTBURY is more than a community, we're family!!! Thank you for all that you've poured into my life and the woman I am! It takes a village, and I'm glad my village was you!!!! To God be the Glory!!!! #RiRiDrive
As well as the honour of the street name, the 29-year-old was also handed a placard that featured a special message from RiRi herself.
“Welcome to Rihanna Drive,” her note said. “My home. My whole life was shaped on this very road. I was just a little island girl riding bikes, running around barefoot, and flying kits in the cemetery, but I had BIG dreams. Dreams that were born and realized right here.”
“Thank you to my family, my country, and the people of Westbury New Road,” she continued. “You will forever be a part of who I am, and for that, I am honored to have this place named after me.”
Meanwhile, Rihanna is reportedly currently working on her new album, which fans have given the nickname ‘R9’.
She was also recently featured on a series of magazines including Vogue Arabia, Vogiue Paris and more.