Top Ivy League University – Harvard has just named Bajan popstar Rihanna as their Humanitarian of the Year.

If you’re thinking Rihanna? Harvard? How?!

She is being recognized for her work in building a state of the art cancer center in her hometown of Bridgetown and also sponsoring young Bajan students to study in the US.

Dr. S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation had this to say in a statement.

Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados. She has also created the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program (named for her grandmother and grandfather) for students attending college in the US from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multi-year campaign which will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.


In 2014, Rihanna became the Global Partnership for Education Global Ambassador. It is for these philanthropic initiatives and other acts of compassionate sharing that the students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation chose to honor Rihanna with the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award.”

Riri who turned 29 yesterday, will be in the university town of Cambridge on Feb 28 will be coming to town to receive the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.


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