“Welcome to Rihanna Drive. 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 kites 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. You will forever be a part of who I am, and for that, I am honored to have this place named after me.” Rihanna
The Bajan government had been planning to rename the street after the famous pop star for months now and it has finally happened. The street was formerly named Westbury New Road but citizens campaigned for the government to change it to Rihanna Drive in honor of the most famous star ever from the island.
The Caribbean born superstar was dressed in a deep yellow dress with an updo that showed off her unique features. The bestowed honor at home comes on the heels of Rihanna’s launch of her Fenty Beauty line a few months ago.
Rihanna offered advice to those with big dreams in the audience, saying that while there were days when she was doubtful and discouraged, prior to making it out of Barbados to pursue her dreams, she kept the faith. “It really was just faith, that childlike faith and even now, when I get a little bit discouraged or doubtful, it’s the thing that I go back to, having faith in God. I want to encourage not just the people of Westbury New Road and the community but all the people of Barbados, all the young women and young men, who have dreams and think that the world is up against them, it is possible so just keep believing. Never forget that faith could go a very, very long way,” she said.
The internationally acclaimed singer, actress and philanthropist was honored in the country of her birth, Barbados on the occasion of Barbados’ 51st Independence anniversary. The renaming of the popular Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive took place amid inclement weather and among guests like Barbados’ Prime Minister, Fruendel Stuart and the island’s Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley.