A gift for Rihanna

Pop sensation Rihanna already bears the title of Youth and Cultural ambassador for Barbados and now she will have her own road.

Westbury New Road, where the song bird grew up, will be renamed Rihanna Drive.

A government statement said the event will take place as the island celebrates its 51st anniversary of Independence on Thursday, November 30.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, will unveil the signage at a two-hour ceremony in the St Michael community.

The function, which starts  at 3 p.m.-  5 p.m. will be carried live on the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.

68 Responses to A gift for Rihanna

  1. Dominna Queeny Gaskin
    Dominna Queeny Gaskin October 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Why? Does that make sense!!!!!!

    • Smith Maxine
      Smith Maxine October 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Is your question why does it make sense? Get out of your box, travel the world and your question will be answered.

  2. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler October 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Do Princess Alice Highway, President Kennedy Drive, Queens Park & Queen Elizabeth Hospital make any sense? This is about honoring a local and international star, like we’ve honored others from far and away.

    • Jaleesia Springer
      Jaleesia Springer October 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      This was my exact sentiments when I read comments with people uncomfortable with the name being changed. We are an independent country and yet still everything we have screams England from the name of streets right down to so many other things. Time for change!

    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe October 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      I want all of you all that is supporting this to call on the Authorities to fix the roads that is destroying wanna vehicles too. There’s a massive pot hole in front city centre mall, in the middle of Bridgetown for months now….and they won’t fix it fah hell

  3. Steve Graham
    Steve Graham October 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    YES…………..it make nuff sense……..well done

  4. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore October 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Excellent gesture! I’m waiting for the haters

    • Steve Graham
      Steve Graham October 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      LOL…..check Dominna Queeny Gaskin… to my statement

    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore October 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      I can’t with some people smh

    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe October 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      I hope I’m not a hater too…lol.

  5. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens October 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    That is where she has grown up I see nothing wrong with it.

  6. Kingdom Hearts
    Kingdom Hearts October 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Government should try fixing the dam roads before renaming them

    • Ras wain October 13, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      You need more fixing than the road

    • Raheem Griffith
      Raheem Griffith October 13, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Hahahahaha preach!

  7. Mikey October 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Anything will be tried to garner favour with the electorate, but “Too late shall be your cry” – The Draytons !

  8. Valerie Cecelia
    Valerie Cecelia October 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I notice in florida they are placing names to highways but are also keeping the original name. I seem to like that. You are recognized. History is still maintained. However, it does not matter to me one way or another

    • Ras wain October 13, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Westbury Cemetery is right at at top or bottom, who can forget that. We got the whole of bank hall named after colonial royalty, it’s time we start honoring our own. Next in line ,fontabelle to be renamed Richard Stout Drive. and Mason hall street. Gabby Way

  9. Edmund Harrison
    Edmund Harrison October 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I can see the urgency in the name change.

  10. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse October 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I’m very happy for the community. yep. keep shinning bright like that Diamond BUT Please fix them damm Pot Holes. some of them can kill yah.. stuspe…

  11. Gearbox1964 October 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    So will the cemetery also be renamed Rihanna Cemetery…or will it remain Westbury Cemetery?? LOL
    I think if they are going to rename a street in her honour, it would be more fitting to chose a vibrant and active thoroughfare…like Bay Street…and call it Rihanna Fenty Drive…not just Rihanna Drive.

    • Ras wain October 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Reflexes 1964 tbinking. So Colonial

  12. Lisa Skeete
    Lisa Skeete October 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    luv it, and I’m a Westbury Rd girl too…Big up Westbury Primary#ReigateFAmSettingz

  13. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    …..ButLook how de politicians does get in de heads of Bajans and fool them. I hope they fix de damn bad roads that mashing up people cars too….cause at de end of de day Rhianna is not gonna give me a cent to fix my car when de bad roads mash it up.

  14. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Fix de damn roads first and then name them.

  15. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    We have a usain bolt stadium because we are stupid….if they only know how bad Jamaicans does cuss Bajans

  16. Saundra Moore
    Saundra Moore October 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Congratulations Rihanna <3

  17. Greta Nicholls
    Greta Nicholls October 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Our Humanitarian

  18. Jennifer Jones Mottley October 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    About time Barbados celebrate and respect Rhianna.
    I am so happy for that little Girl from Westbury New Road
    Much love from a little Girl from Deacons Road

  19. Sharon Ellis
    Sharon Ellis October 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Very good Ri RI you deserve it .you’ve got ! Barbados ! big on the map!!!

  20. Sharon Ellis
    Sharon Ellis October 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    David! You don’t have to worry about that, the whole of Westbury road are going to be fixed!!!

  21. Jonna Waller
    Jonna Waller October 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Brett Adkins

  22. straight talk October 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    The call in programs does really make things happen

  23. Pam Carew
    Pam Carew October 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    People will talk whether you do good or bad. Let the haters hate. I’m happy and let the Community speak ….Fabian Todd peep this

    • Lady Jay
      Lady Jay October 13, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      We dont want the name change name her old school hall or build a music hall and name it after her not that we don’t love her but leave our Westbury New Road

      • Ras wain October 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm

        It’s already signed and sealed, if you want Westbury, your could jump over the wall, the big gates may close but the little ones always open

    • Janet Hurley
      Janet Hurley October 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      I hope she repairs her home & don’t expect government to do it.

    • Lady Jay
      Lady Jay October 13, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      The house is a rent house

  24. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson October 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    “Rihanna New Road”…..Kind of CHEZZIE for what Rihanna has done for Barbados….

    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor October 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      I’m sure it will be called Rihanna Drive according to the article

  25. Chaniie Holder
    Chaniie Holder October 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm


  26. Eshia Valmond
    Eshia Valmond October 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Way to go girl.

  27. straight talk October 13, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Everything have t be done by June 2018

  28. fedup October 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    All I know is that it sound better than Dominna Queeny Gaskin Drive. LOLOL

  29. Eleanor Weekes
    Eleanor Weekes October 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    So well deserved! Congrats!!!!!

  30. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor October 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    NOT a Bajan I agree.

  31. Allyson Howard
    Allyson Howard October 13, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I was not aware we had a U.Bolt stadium. Where is this located in Barbados? BTW I am 100% Bajan but I have never heard of this new stadium. And when did this happen. :O 🙂

  32. Ãmen Hotep
    Ãmen Hotep October 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Why she’s not doing a concert for Dominica, instead of Puerto Rico who’s help is already assured?

  33. Krystal Alexis
    Krystal Alexis October 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I agrer with alyyson…when did this happen

  34. hcalndre October 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I`m a big fan of Rihanna, even when the backward bajans had a problem when she cross the street at Rockley to go for her roti at Chefette in her wraparound, There was one woman who call in a radio talk show, berating her and wanted her strip of the ambassador`s title they gave her. Yes, I`ve seen streets name after many persons but the original name remains. Well they did not used the Empire Theatre for her, so Jackie Opel Center would be good and let Richard Stoute run it, do his shows, something like the Apollo in NYC. Someone asked if the Westbury Cemetery would carry Rihanna`s name too? that is a question for the smart politicians, for me I would rather see some place where entertainment would be my choice.

    • Ras wain October 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      You should be the next ambassador, you make more sense that the haters

  35. Hawn Gsion
    Hawn Gsion October 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Hope they fix the roads for the signage gonna be a bumpy ride deh

  36. Natalie Alleyne
    Natalie Alleyne October 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    The stadium is in black rock down dy the esso gas station at the bottom of university hill HELLO

  37. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 13, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    What ever it is, we have something in Barbados name after Rhianna….ask de man at de university.

  38. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall October 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm


  39. Juliet Bennett
    Juliet Bennett October 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Pat Blackman ha ha ha ha ha ha. That is wrong. Lol. I’m calling that man….. who is that foolish man running things again?

  40. Saga Boy October 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Very good decision. Some of us don’t seem to understand what an honor it is to name a road after a successful and brilliant star. She has done us proud. Congrats

  41. Wayne October 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Wonder if I could be there for the ceremony

  42. Wayne October 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Sombaddi truss a ticket fuh muh pleaseesseé

  43. Andrew Rocka Hinkson
    Andrew Rocka Hinkson October 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Im for it 100%. The house where she grew up should also be pointed out. A life size wax figure of her should be placed at the air and seaports for all and sundry to admire.
    We must honor our exemplars in their lifetimes and not wait til they are dead !

  44. Elvis Williams
    Elvis Williams October 13, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I say Congrats to Ri Ri she deserve it and more keep putting Barbados on the map

  45. Bobotheclown October 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm


  46. MICHAEL October 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    What does it mean by, “Rihanna whose real name is Robin Fenty” as if Rihanna is an alias? Shouldn’t it be,” whose full name is Robin Rihanna Fenty”?

  47. Belfast October 13, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    As this nother Freundal Stuart staged event is likely to be seen across the world via social media let’s hope that a clean up of Bridgetown and the environs of West Bury Road / Orleans is on the cards.

  48. archy perch October 13, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Our former little girl from Westbury Road is now among the ten biggest musicical stars of the world i.e: Taylor Swift; Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.We have a problem honoring our own BIG Star who makes success of everything she touches.God Bless her.Stars that have streets named after them:
    Run DMC JMJ Way–Hollis Queens NYC; Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis TN; Frank Sinatra Drive in Hoboken NJ; Paul Anka Drive in Ottawa Canada; Duke Ellington Boulevard Manhattan NYC; Bob Dylan Way –Duluth MN; Jimi Hendrix Way –Bellingham WA;John Lennon Drive–Liverpool England and I could go on. Michael Jackson has a school named after him in his hometown of Gary Indiana. Rihanna is currently doing alot of philantropic work in Africa namely Malawi. Rihanna never forgets Barbados even in her international world. She speaks the bajan dialect whenever.A true Ambassador.

  49. Michael Bowen October 13, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I am amazed that there are some people who wallow i critical murk daily. What a sad place to be in life. And if they themselves step back from the mirror, their lives are more frigged up than anything else.Rihanna! God Bless You !

  50. Michael Bowen October 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    wallow in critical murk

  51. Johnathan October 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Rihanna would probably only accept that as a loyal bajan. This small minded classless Prime Minister wouldnt beAable to think of anything bigger. He is still campaign mode from 2013 and just loves being PM and it makes the ass think he is more than everyone else. His lazy portfolioless ass needs to get up and do something to uplift this country and it’s people. Why not remove all those old buildings along bay Street and develop from the Army to the Roman Catholic church with ultra modern shops to help facilitate the new big hotel that Maloney is suppose to build.turn that entire street into night life duty free shopping and add something new to our stale tourism product. That would be fitting as Rihanna Boulevard..we have the beautiful stretch of beach to add and will not take or add anything to the historic atea..

  52. Jan Demerias October 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    What are they doing for Archbishop Granville Williams for all he did for Barbados?


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