Twitter row: Is Rihanna Bajan or Jamaican?


This week shots were fired across the Port Bow of the ship “Bajan”, one of the vessels in the Rihanna Navy. Undaunted, the crew guided their assault, and fired a series of proverbial volleys off the port beam and has been engaged in battle ever since.

What are we going on about?  The ongoing Twitter war that is currently raging between Barbados and Jamaica over Rihanna’s citizenship. In case you are not clued in, goggle the hashtag, #rihannaisjamaican.

One Jamaican @davideatsviagra got it going on with the tweet: “Jamaicans, you know, if we pretend like Rihanna is Jamaican, the world would believe us and there is nothing the Bajans can do about it. Let’s kidnap Rihanna’s nationality, y’all.”

And the volleys would make The Clapback Queen proud, to say the least.

Take this one from where Scotch Bonnet Negro (@jelaniakilw) told her Jamaican crew “if anybody contests her nationality whip this out y’all” with a screenshot of the Ri-Ri’s Wikipedia page and doctored it a bit.

There was also the photocopied version of a birth certificate which StStyles (@aicetnat) dropped an eight-word response – “and we rest our case lol lol lol”

But one comment that had many in stitches in this “war” was the one from Lord Petyr Bae-Less (@avi552):  “Few people know this but Barbados and Jamaica were once bitter enemies. Blood flowed freely as marauding forces battled fiercely.

Two babies were exchanged in a truce. The Jamaican baby was Rihanna. And the Bajan baby: Her birth name is Grace Hamilton.

Ingrid Riley (@ingridriley) tweeted “I went to my bed after 1 this morning sake ah #RihannaIsJamaican thread. I love my Jamaican people sah. We creative bad. This is a warning to Bajans. Eff oonu doah behave oonu self…we ah go kidnap Mia Mottley tuh, she is ah bad*** Prime Minister. So oonu tan deh deh”.

And though it is unlike that Rihanna (@rihanna) will clap back one has gotta ask a question.  What is Guyana take on this whole debate?