Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, shared how the loss of his father during his childhood profoundly affected his outlook on life. The talented Nigerian artist who brought us the hit song “Holiday” revealed that he didn’t take things seriously before, but his father’s passing taught him the importance of valuing family.
During an appearance on Adesope Olajide’s Afrobeats podcast as a guest, Rema disclosed that he was previously quite playful and clumsy, but that all changed after Mr Ikubor’s passing. The acclaimed artist shared this information, stating:
“It shaped me, to be honest. It shaped my mindset, my mood, you know.
“There was a point in time I was very colourful, I would say. I was funny, running around and unserious. I never took life seriously until when I lost my dad. And it just shows different sides of people. It just shows the importance of family as well.
“Yeah, as siblings we might have our fights, quarrels but you never know when you will just not see them again; the people you are closest to. For my dad, my dad used to call me a soldier.”
Recently, the rave lord cancelled his show twice, with the latest cancellation occurring in Atlanta. A video has surfaced of Rema apologizing to his fans and promising to reschedule his Atlanta show. This video has received varied reactions from internet users. While performing, the artist known for the song “Calm Down” appeared upset and expressed his dissatisfaction with the venue organizers. He felt that they had disrespected him and the Afrobeats genre.
For whatever reason, It must have been tough for Rema to perform in a venue with such high temperatures while wearing a hooded jacket. Unfortunately, he could only serve two songs before leaving the stage, disappointing the crowd. It’s clear from the different reactions his video received from netizens that people had a range of emotions and opinions about the situation.