Pop icon and one of the highest selling female artists of all time, Rihanna, was appointed yesterday to be the “Ambassador Extraordinary”, by the government of Barbados. Her new position would require her to promote “education, tourism, and investment into the country.”. Rihanna stated she was excited to work with the government to “reimagine” Barbados. Rihanna’s influence could be the tipping point Barbados. Rihanna’s influence as a celebrity could be the tipping point the island needs, to boost their economy. Potential investors looking to build new infrastructure is something the country is seeking in this decision. The prime minister had this to comment, “Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home.” Chris Bone ‘19, gave his opinion on the decision by Barbados: “Given how passionate Rihanna is towards her country and the support she provides to the island of Barbados, I think her position truly relies on her actual ability to promote the island. Is she going to the schools in person, and getting a firsthand glance on how their education system works and goes throughout the school day?” This political decision is bound to attract numerous tourists, and provide international attention to the Caribbean island.
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