Rihanna named ambassador for Barbados

Rihanna. Photo credit: Reuters

American singer Rihanna will begin a new ambassador role for Barbados, where she grew up.

The role will involve promoting education, tourism and investment for the Caribbean island.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she was proud to have the singer on board.

"Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education," she said.

"She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home."

Rihanna said she "couldn't be more proud" to accept the role, which will see her called 'Ambassador Fenty' by the Barbados government, the BBC reports.

"Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I'm ready and excited to take on the responsibility," she said.

"I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to re-imagine Barbados."

Last week Rihanna, real name Robyn Fenty, tweeted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calling on her to pledge funds to Barbados education.

"Kia ora @jacindaardern!," she wrote. "It's been a big year for you & [New Zealand] - congrats!"

The 'Diamonds' singer told Ms Ardern her year could "get even better" if she pledged funds to the Global Partnership for Education.

"I hope you & @MFATgovtNZ agree that educating every child can change the world!" she added.