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Rema Says Poverty Made Him Leave Church To Sing Secular Music

Superstar Nigerian singer Divine Ikubor, professionally known as Rema, says poverty was  the reason he left Christ Embassy church to sing secular music.

Rema Says Poverty Made Him Leave Church To Sing Secular Music


Rema made the revelation in a chat with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Channels TV’s Rubbin’ Minds, on Sunday April 24th.

The 21-year-old singer said he was singing at Christ Embassy, the church founded by Chris Oyakhilome, for several years before switching to secular music in order to make ends meet.

“Church made me decide that I would do music. It started from the Christ Embassy Benin City,” he said.

“Transitioning from singing and serving in church was weird for me and I believe it was weird for them (my people). I didn’t really ask much or how they felt about it. It was weird and most importantly to my mom because she was well known in the church.

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It’s just where life has drawn me towards and I have to take the opportunity. I was still in Benin when that switch happened. A lot of people felt that it was when I got signed.

Actually, life was tough. In Benin, I’m not that guy to ask those in church to pay me because I’m doing God’s work.

But right then in Benin, I started going to competitions, bars, lounges, political rallies. Just trying to get on the stage or hold a microphone. To at least get sprayed some money to get back home and feed my family.

Because we were going through tough times and I lost my dad and brother. I needed to come through for my family. At that point in time, I felt like that was where I started spacing out.”

Rema, is a top Nigerian singer, songwriter, and stage performer. He was born in 2001 in Benin City, Edo State in the south southern part of Nigeria.

He became popular for his 2019 hit songs, especially “Iron man”, “Lady” and “Dumebi”.

On 19th October 2019, he won the Next Rated Award at the 13th edition of The Headies. In June 2020, he has crowned Apple Music’s new ‘Up Next’ artist.

In January, the 21-year-old announced he got admission to study creative arts at the University of Lagos (UNILAG).


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