Yesterday Rihanna was named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year for philanthropic efforts. The songstress founded the Clara Lionel Foundation last May, launched a global grant initiative to allow students in several countries including her hometown of Barbados the opportunity to achieve a degree.
Harvard also noted that, “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.”
During her acceptance speech, Rihanna said: “I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.”