Rema (Real name: Divine Ikubor, born May 1, 2000; Age: 22 years old) is a Nigerian singer and rapper best known for his song “Dumebi”.
Rema joined the Nigerian music industry in 2013 and he has since enjoyed a soaring career, releasing more hit songs that continues to top various music charts across the nation. Though he is still considered among the up-and-coming artists, Rema is undoubtedly one of the fastest-rising music stars to look out for. His popularity in the industry has sparked people’s desire to know more about his life. Here are facts about the future Afrobeat singer you will love to know.
Summary of Rema’s Bio
- Full name: Divine Ikubor
- Nickname: Rema
- Gender: Male
- Date of birth: May 1, 2000
- Rema’s Age:22 years old
- Ethnicity: Black
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Single
- Rema’s Parents: Justince and Mrs Ikubor
- Rema’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 8 inches
- Rema’s Height in Centimetres: 173 cm
- Rema’s Weight: 64 kg (141 lbs)
- Rema’s Net worth: $1 Million
- Famous for: “Dumebi” Song
- Rema’s Instagram: @heisrema
- Twitter: @heisrema
Rema is 22 Years Old and He Hails from Edo State
Rema’s real name is Divine Ikubor, he was born on May 1, 2000, into a Christian family and was raised in the ancient Benin City, the capital city of Edo state. While not much has been said about his background and family, we know his father Justice Ikubor was a judge who sadly, passed away not long before Rema officially began his music career. Rema also had a brother who apparently died while they were still very young.
The singer grew up nursing a passion for singing and rapping and while he was in secondary school, he was a member of his family church choir. He attended his primary and secondary school education at Ighile Group of Schools, Edo State. He also did a bit of street performance before his big shot to the limelight.
Rema got all the support he needed from his family to pursue his career choice but his mother insisted he must also have at least a University degree while fulfilling his dreams. On January 7, 2023, the young artist gladly announced that he was about fulfilling his mother’s wish of getting a University degree as he had gained admission into the University of Lagos, Nigeria to study Creative Arts. He gained admission to the University at the age of 23, hopefully, he would be completing his four-year course in 2027, and at the age of 27.
Rema Had His First Music Break at the Age of 18
In 2018, Rema caught the attention of D’Prince after posting a viral freestyle to his track “Gucci Gang” on Instagram. D’Prince, who is the CEO of Jozingworld Records, and a younger brother to Don Jazzy, the CEO of Mavins Record, saw the post and flew him to Lagos to offer him a record deal.
Signing his first record deal at the young age of 19, Rema became a member of D’Prince’s Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records. He then started recording immediately and released his eponymous debut EP Rema in 2019. The EP is a four-track project composed of the following songs – Iron Man, Corn, Why, and Dumebi. It peaked at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria for months.
Riding on the success of his debut EP, Rema went on to drop a sophomore project titled Bad Commando, also in 2019. The new EP features some of his best songs like Bad Commando, Rewind, Boulevard, American Love, and Spiderman. This second project helped skyrocket Rema‘s fame, winning him new fans from his own country and across other nations of the world
The same year, the music video of his major breakout song from his self-titled EP “Dumebi” was released. The song features a cameo appearance from Diana Eneje and it garnered over 60 million views on Youtube.
He Released His Debut Album at 21
Rema got a name for his music style and in May 2021, he made it public that his style will be called “Afrorave,” a subgenre of Afrobeats with Arabian and Indian music influences. Following his announcement, his followers then decided to give themselves a name, Ravers.
At 22, in March 2022, young successful Rema released his debut album, Rave & Roses. The album which came after the singer’s two EPs includes 16 tracks and features famous stars like 6lack, Chris Brown, AJ Tracey, and Yseult. Luckily, the album charted 10 songs on the US Billboard Afrobeats Chart. Towards the middle of the year, precisely on August 26, 2022, he released a remix of his song “Calm Down” with Selena Gomez and it debuted at number 91 on Billboard Hot 100.
Rema’s Songs Include:
- Calm Down
- Ginger me
- Are You There
- Tune N Affection
- Peace Of Mind
- Iron Man
- Too Correct
- Bad Commando
His Official videos
- “Dumebi” (2019)
- “Bad Commando” (2019)
- “Lady” (2019)
- “Beamer (Bad Boys)” (2020)
- “Ginger Me” (2020)
- “Woman” (2020)
- “Bounce” (2020)
- “Soundgasm” (2021)
- “Calm Down” (2022)
- “FYN” (2022)
- Rema (2019)
- Rema Freestyle (2019)
- Bad Commando(2019)
- Rema Remix (2020)
At 19 Rema Won His First Musical Award
For leading a successful career in the music world, Rema has received quite a number of well recognized awards. On 19 October 2019, he received his very first award nomination at the Headies. While he won the Headies Next-rated award, his song “Dumebi” was nominated for the music award’s ‘Song of the Year’ category. He was also nominated for Headies Award for Viewer’s Choice .
2019 also saw Rema nominated for City People Music Awards’ three categories, including ‘Revelation of the Year’ which he won. On 12 January 2020, Rema received the Sound city MVP award for Best New Artist. On 15 June of the same year, he was nominated as Best Viewers Choice: International Act at the 2020 BET Awards. He was nominated for the awards alongside Burna Boy and Wizkid, they were the only Nigerian Artists nominated for the awards edition of 2020.
2021 could be termed one of his best years as he received award nominations from five different bodies, including the Headies, MTV Africa Music Awards, and African Entertainment Awards USA. Although he could not win any award that year, these awards did speak volumes about his popularity in the music world across the world. On 7 November 2022, Rema received on an award on stage during his London concert as his songs achieved 1 billion streams worldwide.
List of Awards Rema has So-Far Won include the following
- The Headies ‘Next Rated’ Award – 19 October 2019
- City People Music Awards for Revelation of the Year 2019
- The Future Awards Africa for his music