By Busari Yusuf
Barbadian singer, songwriter and actress, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is about to have another award added to her long list of accomplishments, but this one isn’t for her music.
Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year and will accept the prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award next Tuesday at a ceremony on the Cambridge, Massachussets campus.
”Rihanna has charitably built a state-of –the-art centre for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados”, said Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter.
The 29 year old Grammy award winner and Barbadian beauty shed her superstar privileges and travelled to Malawi last month where she met with educators, students, and government officials to help improve education. She visited a school in Lilongwe where she toured the classrooms and met with the students during her charity trip.
Rihanna also created her own charity organisation called the Clara Lionel Foundation in honour of her grandmother and grandfather. The organisation seeks to improve health, education, arts and culture around the world. She is also the ambassador for charities Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education.
”Giving back is important to me and it should be important to everyone. If you have the ability to help and lend a hand, no matter how big or small, you should definitely make that your responsibility”, the multitalented star said at her annual Diamond Ball Gala benefit in 2015.