Divine Ikubor, born May 1, 2000, popularly known as Rema, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and rapper. He rose to stardom following the release of his song “Iron Man,” which appeared on President Barack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist.
Rema was born into a Christian family in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, where he grew up. He signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records. D’Prince signed him after he posted a viral freestyle on Instagram in 2018, which caught the attention of D’Prince.
Early Life and Education
Rema was born into a Christian family in Benin City, Delta State, Nigeria. While growing up, Rema had the dream of becoming a musician. He started singing when he was in secondary school.
Rema attended his primary and secondary school education in the Ighile Group of Schools, Edo State, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and Senior Secondary School Certificate, then proceeded to a higher institution.
The singer applied and got admitted into the prestigious University of Lagos, where he studied creative arts and graduated with a degree.
Rema is a top Nigerian singer, songwriter, and rapper who started his career at a tender age while in Benin City. During his secondary school days, Rema performed at school events, showcasing his talent, which paved the way for him to reach the spotlight.
In 2018, he posted a freestyle on Instagram to D’Prince’s song “Gucci Gang“, which caught the attention of D’Prince, who invited him to Lagos, offered him a record deal. Rema signed a record deal with “Jonzing World“, a record label owned by D’Prince and also a subsidiary of Mavin Records.
A few months after he signed a bumper record deal, he went on to release his debut project, self-titled REMA, in 2019, which ranked number one on Apple Music Nigeria, with songs like “Dumebi,” which was a massive hit.
He released the music video for “Dumebi” on May 21, 2019, with a cameo appearance from Diana Eneje, and crispy visuals directed by Ademola Falomo and it has more than 50 million views on YouTube.
In May 2021, Rema announced he will be calling his sound “Afrorave,” which is a subgenre of Afrobeats with influences of Arabian and Indian music and has led to him having one of the strongest fan bases in the country, known as Ravers.
The singer’s popularity earned him endorsement deals. In September 2021, he was unveiled as the brand ambassador for the popular soft drink Pepsi alongside his label mate, Ayra Starr.
On October 19, 2019, Rema won Next Rated and bagged a nomination for Viewer’s Choice at the 13th edition of The Headlines. On January 12, 2020, he received the SoundCity MVP Awards for best new artist.
On June 15, 2020, Rema bagged another nomination for Best Viewers’ Choice: International Act at the 2020 BET Awards. The singer was nominated for the awards alongside Burna Boy and Wizkid, who were the only Nigerian artists nominated for the 2020 edition of the awards.
Rema Net Worth
Rema is a talented singer, songwriter, and rapper. He has an estimated net worth of $1 million. Rema has amassed wealth and fame in music since he came into the spotlight in 2018 after he was signed to Jonzing World by D’Prince. The young singer makes money through the royalties from his music.
- Spaceship Jocelyn
- Bad Commando
- Calm Down
- American Love
- Ginger Me
- Peace Of Mind
- Iron Man
- Beamer (Bad Boys)
The singer was rumored to be in a relationship with media influencer Diana Eneje and also linked with Nimiie, but it all seems to be mere rumors and Rema is currently single. He once said that he is open to a relationship when he finally meets the right person.
Rema is a strong supporter of the English football club, Manchester United, the most successful club in English football. In September 2020, Rema’s songs were included in the FIFA 21 soundtracks.
- Instagram handle – @heisrema
- Twitter handle – @heisrema