Divine Ikubor: Going Above and Beyond Exceptionally

by Duchess Magazine

Divine Ikubor, better known by his stage as Rema, was born on May 1st, 2000 to a christian family in Benin City, Nigeria. He is a Nigerian Afro-beat singer, and songwriter. He became famous after releasing the song “Dumebi” in 2019.

He inked a record deal with Mavin Records’ subsidiary Jonzing World in 2019.

He went to Ighile Group of Schools in Edo State for both his primary and secondary studies.

Rema was left to care for his mother when his father and older brother both passed away.

While he was in high school, he began to sing and rap.

Alpha P was his first band, and he began performing in churches.

In 2018, Rema uploaded a catchy freestyle to the song “Gucci Gang” by D’Prince, on Instagram. D’Prince was drawn to the post and sent him on a flight to Lagos to woo the young musician with a record deal.

On 19 October 2019, Rema won Headies’ Viewer’s Choice Next Rated award.

On 12th January 2020, he received the Soundcity MVP Awards for the best new artist.

Notably, Rema’s track ‘Woman’ reached number fifteen on World Digital Song Sales.

With his worldwide hit song “Calm Down,” the Benin indigene entered Guinness World Record, becaming the first No. 1 Hit on The Official MENA Chart, the first regional streaming chart in history.

In a recent statement on its website, Guinness World Records acknowledged Rema for accomplishing the incredible achievement.

His 2022 smash single “Calm Down” and its remix featuring Selena Gomez rose at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and held the top spot in the U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart for a record-setting 35 weeks are what made him most famous abroad.

Rema’s music was a part of the FIFA 21 soundtracks, which were released in September 2020.

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