Yemi Alade Visits Rihanna’s Childhood Home In Barbados (Photos)
The street leading to the bungalow where Rihanna grew up was formally renamed from Westbury New Road to Rihanna Drive by the Barbados government in 2017.
Taking to Instagram Wednesday, Yemi posted pictures and a video from the trip with her 17 million followers.
One picture shows her in front of the sign welcoming tourists to street while she posed in front of the billionaire’s former home in another.
The video shows her walking up to the house and pretending to talk to Rihanna.
“Ri Ri, how far? You dey house? I don come o…,” she said in the clip
“My sisterI come see RiRi, be like say she no dey house. RiRi, I say mek I come na. Work work work….
While Yemi hasn’t had the chance to work with Rihanna yet, she does have a song named after her, collaborating on 2017’s “ Rihanna” with Awilo Longomba.
Rihanna has often credited the former Westbury street with shaping her and having such a positive impact on her life.
“A day my people and I will never forget!,” she wrote on Instagram the day it was renamed in her honour.
“All the lessons, running around barefoot, nosey neighbors, braiding hair on the step, playing in the cemetery, walking to the beach, rum shop karaoke keeping the whole street awake til 4am (“only the lonely” by Roy Orbison is playing in my head as I type this) , stealing Sammy pomegranates from his tree, begging my mother to let me walk to Jan’s shop cause she had American snacks, selling plastic/glass bottles to Peter so I could buy those American snacks, getting my hair hot combed for Harvest at church, doing my homework on my front step while Miss Hyacinth yells ‘ya gon get belly hurt from dat cold step’ across from her veranda, watching iFE walk past with her dreads dragging on the floor like a couture gown, all the times I thought Melissa came to hang out with me, turns out she was dating my next door neighbor all along, rushing to do dishes when my mother’s high heels start hitting the pavement as she gets off the bus from work……right here on this street!
WESTBURY is more than a community, we’re family!!! Thank you for all that you’ve poured into my life and the woman I am! It takes a village, and I’m glad my village was you!!!! To God be the Glory!!!! #RiRiDrive.”