Nigerian artiste, Divine Ikubor popularly referred to as Rema has explained how he switched from gospel music to secular music.
Rema stated that he was once the head of a gospel rap group in his church before the transition happened.
The singer made this revelation during Rubbin’ Minds show on Channels TV.
In his words: “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.”
According to him, the transition was weird for him and his mum but he was unable to convince the latter about his choice.
“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,” Rema said.