They came from near and far, young and old, White and Black, rich and poor to be part of the historic homecoming performance of Bajan international pop star Rihanna. The Westbury girl did not disappoint!
A crowd estimated to be about thirty thousand people endured the opening acts and a lengthy delay which preceded the entry of Rihanna on stage well after her scheduled time. The wait was not in vain. She delivered a performance which was emboldened by dancing, fantastic use of stage lighting, use of props and excellent accompaniment by back-up singers, band and other support.
Rihanna’s frequent references to Barbados and use of the national colours during her performance should make Minister Richard Sealy and Chairman Elcock of the Barbados Tourism Association believe they got 4 million dollars worth of publicity.The video of the performance should ensure that Barbados enjoys a legacy benefit for years to come.
The world maybe about to totter into another recession which is not good news for the tourism dependent Barbados. Rihanna’s homecoming is anticipated to provide a needed boost to the tourism product by giving her island home a piggyback ride on her global popularity.