Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, a Nigerian singer, has detailed how he transitioned from gospel to secular music.
According to him, the switch occurred when he began singing in bars and lounges to make ends meet. The Benin-born singer revealed that prior to that, he was the leader of a gospel rap group in his church.
On Sunday, the artist said this on a talk show on Channels TV called Rubbin’ Minds, which was watched by The PUNCH.
He said this in his words
I was still in Benin when that switch happened. A lot of people thought that when I got signed, I started deviating.
No. Actually, life was tough in Benin. I’m not that guy to ask the people in church to pay me because I’m doing God’s work.
Right there in Benin, I started going to competitions, going to bars, lounges, political rallies; just trying to get on the stage and hold a microphone, to at least get sprayed some money to come back home and feed my family, because we were going through tough times.
I lost my father and brother and I needed to come through for my family. At that point in time, I felt like that’s where I started spacing out; little by little, until I just exiled.
Rema admitted that the change was strange for him and his mother, but that he was unable to persuade the latter of his decision.
It was weird for me and most especially for my mum because she was well known in church. I didn’t do any much explaining. I just told her to trust me,” Rema said.