Nigerian singer, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, on Sunday, April 24, confessed during Rubbin’ Minds show televised on Channels TV how he swapped from gospel to secular music.
The switch, according to the fast-rising secular musician started due to hard times at home and his inability to ask for payment after performing in the church.
Just so his family could survive, the singer affirmed he headed to perform at competitions, bars, lounges, and political rallies.
The “Iron Man” crooner added that this happened while he still lived in Benin and not Lagos.
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He revealed that the change was weird for both him and his mum but he asked her to trust his choice.
“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.
“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.”