LILONGWE, Malawi, Monday January 30, 2017 – It seems to have been all work, work, work, work, work, for Barbados’ pop princess Rihanna of late, but she is doing great work and all for a good cause.
Last week, fresh from shooting Ocean’s Eight in New York and participating in the Women’s Protest March there, RiRi jetted off to Malawi to empower students and teachers.
She visited a local school in the capital of Lilongwe last Thursday.
Casually but conservatively dressed in slacks and a simple shirt, with her hair pulled back in a ponytail and her makeup kept to a minimum, the hitmaker looked worlds away from her glamorous onstage self.
— The NATIVE (@NativeMag) January 27, 2017
People magazine reports that Rihanna visited the African country to spend time with key educators, government officials, students and mentors to promote education on behalf of her Clara Lionel Foundation and as the ambassador for Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 29, 2017
The 28-year-old singer, actress and model was reportedly spotted with Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans as well as Julia Gillard, GPE’s board of director’s chair during a meeting in a Malawian village.
Since reaching the pinnacle of international stardom, Rihanna has become a vocal philanthropist. In 2012, she launched her Clara Lionel Foundation charity in honour of her grandparents to improve health, education and arts and culture around the world.
As for her ties to Global Citizen, the international recording artist — who scored multiple 2017 Grammy nominations — headlined the organization’s annual Global Citizen Festival last autumn.
“I feel strongly that all children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education,” she said in a statement back in September.
Rihanna has also been involved in other humanitarian efforts. In December, she and Britain’s Prince Harry raised awareness on HIV/AIDS examinations by getting tested together during the royal’s recent trip to Barbados.