“It Wasn’t Easy But I Had To” – Music Star Rema Reveals Why He Had To Switch From Gospel To Secular Music
Divine Ikubor, also known as Rema, a fast-rising Nigerian artist, detailed on Sunday how he transitioned from gospel to secular music.
Rema, who formerly led a gospel rap group at his church, explained that the transition occurred when he began singing in clubs and lounges to earn money.
The Mavin Records signee made this clear during Channels TV’s Rubbin’ Minds show, which was witnessed by our correspondent.
According to the Benin-born musician, he had not yet migrated to Lagos when he made the conversion to secular music.
“I was still in Benin at the time of the transition,” he explained. Many people believed that after I was signed, I began drifting.
“No. Indeed, life was difficult in Benin. I am not the kind to ask churchgoers to compensate me for performing God’s work.
“Right there in Benin, I began attending contests, clubs, lounges, and political rallies, all with the hope of getting on stage and holding a microphone in order to earn enough money to return home and support my family, since we were going through a difficult period.
“I had recently lost my father and brother, and I needed to provide for my family. At that point, I felt as though I began to drift away; gradually, until I was banished.”
According to him, the change was strange for both him and his mother, but he was unable to convince her of his decision.
“It was strange for me, and especially for my mother, who was well-known in the church. I didn’t spend a lot of time explaining. “I just advised her to trust me,” Rema stated.
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