Barbados celebrates 51st independence anniversary, names road after Rihanna

Barbados to name a road in honor of Rihanna.

The government of Barbados is honoring its native born entertainer Rihanna by naming a street after her.

The Barbados government says it will rename Westbury New Road in the St Michael parish in honor of Barbadian-born international pop icon, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, on Thursday to coincide with the island’s celebration of its 51st anniversary of political independence from Britain.

The road will be called Rihanna Drive.

Growing tourist attraction

The Ministry of Tourism said Westbury New Road is a growing tourist attraction, as many taxi drivers and tour bus operators show it as a place of interest when transporting visitors around the island.

“Additionally, it was thought necessary to highlight the many achievements of the Grammy Award-winning singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist,” a government statement noted.

It said the ceremony, dubbed, “Our Diamond – The Rihanna Drive Project”, will be attended by residents of Westbury New Road, Government officials, and other specially-invited guests. It will feature the unveiling of a fingertip pole sign and an 8 x 5 signboard by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Rihanna, as well by performances by local entertainers.

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