Divine Ikubor (born May 1, 2000) is a Nigerian leading singer and songwriter who is among the exclusive list of artists considered to be the future of Afrobeats. The music star and pioneer of the Afrorave genre is known professionally as Rema.
His journey to stardom began after he was discovered by A&R and talent manager, D’Prince, then signed to Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records. Rema became a force to reckon with in the industry after releasing his self-titled, Rema, which contains hit singles like Dumebi and Iron Man.
The latter single found its way to the Summer Playlist of Former US President, Barack Obama. He won the coveted Next Rated Artist award at The Headies in 2019.
Versatile musical Artist Divine Ikubor musically known as Rema is a 21 years old Nigerian creative rapper, songwriter and singer.
Rema, born in the year 2000 into a Christian family in Benin, Edo State rose to fame with a smashing single “Dumebi” under Jonzing World, owned by D’Prince a label under Mavin Records which top Charts in most part of African Countries.
|WIKI FACTS & ABOUT DATA|
|Full Name:||Divine Ikubor|
|Born:||1 May 2000 (age 21 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Benin, Edo, Nigeria|
|State Of Origin:||Edo State|
|Girlfriend • Wife:||Nimiie (rum.), Diana Eneje (rum.)|
|Occupation:||Singer • Songwriter|
|Net Worth:||US$1 million-US$3 million|
Rema was born into the Ikubor family on the 1st Of May 2000. Arriving into the world on Worker’s Day, his parents gave him the name, Divine eight days later. He is the firstborn and first male child of the family.
Rema is the son of Justice Ikubor. His father, Justice Ikubor was alleged to have been murdered in a hotel room by his political opponents.
He was born and raised in Benin City, in the South-South region. He is an indigene of Edo State. Although he grew up in a multi-cultural community, his parents raised him in the Christian faith. This meant that his Sundays were sent worshipping God at his local church.
Rema had picked up an interest in music from his teenage years, having discovered that he was gifted in the field. As a secondary school student, he thrilled his classmates and the whole school with his singing and rapping skills.
He was always the choice student to perform at shows held in the school. Before leaving high school, he had determined that he would pursue music professionally.
While residing in Benin City, Rema attended top-tier privately owned schools for his elementary and high school education. He earned his Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) from Ighile Group Of Schools, Edo State.
In 2021, he obtained admission into the prestigious University Of Lagos to study Creative Arts.
After graduating from high school, Rema didn’t commence his higher education studies right away. During this period, he refined his sound and became a better musician while he waited for fortune to shine on him.
His prayers were finally answered in 2018 after he posted a freestyle video of D’Prince‘s song, Gucci Gang, on Instagram. The video went viral on the social media app, getting to the attention of D’Prince, who was smitten by Rema‘s talent.
Thereafter, D’Prince, who is also an A&R and a talent manager, reached out to Rema and began grooming the younger artist. In 2019, he signed Rema to Jonzing World, which is a subsidiary of Mavin Records.
Months after becoming a part of the Mavin Family, Rema dropped his debut project, an EP titled Rema. The EP is a four-track project composed of the following songs – Iron Man, Corn, Why, and Dumebi. Shortly after its release, the EP rose to the number one position on Apple Music Nigeria. The project’s two leading singles are Dumebi and Iron Man.
On the 21st Of May 2019, the music video for Dumebi was released, to the delight of Rema‘s growing fanbase. Since its release, the video has earned over 50 million views on YouTube. The video was shot and directed by Ademola Falomo.
Rema didn’t allow the heat of the success of his debut EP to die out before dropping a sophomore project titled Bad Commando, also in 2019. The EP features songs like Bad Commando, Rewind, Boulevard, American Love, and Spiderman. This second project helped skyrocket Rema‘s fame, winning him new nationally and internationally fans.
His work as a great songwriter and singer was recognized at 2019 The Headies, as he went home with the Next Rated Artist award beating rivals Fireboy DML and Joeboy.
In 2020, he took the industry by storm with hit songs such as Beamer (Bad Boys), Woman, Rainbow, Fame, Ginger Me, Peace Of Mind, and Alien. Thus, it didn’t come as a surprise to music lovers when he was nominated for the category, Best Viewers Choice: International Act at the 2020 BET awards. He was the third Nigerian in the category, alongside Wizkid and Burna Boy.
Rema had a great run in 2021 as he released a couple of hit songs, collaborated with other artists, toured the United States while working on his debut album. He dropped singles like Soundgasm, Bounce, and 44 in 2021.
Musical artist, Rema started his career at a very tender age in secondary school. He co-jointly formed a musical group with Alpha P called RnA which was a creative amalgamation of their musical name’s first letters. The group, RnA made up of Rema and Alpha P went ahead to win Pikolo’s Dream Alive Talent Show season 2 and also signed a deal with Peak Entertainment.
They released a song “Mercy” under Peak Entertainment’s umbrella which was made in Dream Alive Studio in Benin, Edo State. The single “Mercy” was followed up with a video that was shot by Whyte House Pictures. So while Rema was still a joint group with Alpha P, they performed at the Glo Slide and Bounce Concert which boosted their exposure.
Jonzing World & Mavin Records Deal
It happened that in one of the shows where D’Prince was, Rema also performed. He caught the attention of the Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavins Records boss who immediately called him up for a record signing deal.
He accepted the favorable deal and signed all papers necessary. Under Jonzing World/Mavin Records, Rema released his first Single “Dumebi” which was widely accepted nationwide and outskirts the border. The single “Dumebi” received massive airplay and topped charts on different digital platforms. While “Dumebi” was doing well in the Charts, Rema debuted an EP titled “Iron Man” in 2019 which was number 1 on Apple Music Chart Nigeria and also top several Charts in Africa.
Iron Man by Rema was seen appearing alongside Burna Boy’s song on Barrack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist.
Rema was barely eighteen years old when he became a star in the industry. He is currently 21 years old, clocking the age on the 1st Of May. The talented singer is also known by the nickname, Rave Lordé and his fanbase are known as Ravers. He resides in the Mavin Mansion in the Lekki district of Lagos State.
He is label mates with Ayra Starr, Ruger, Magixx, and Korede Bello. Alongside Ayra Starr, he was unveiled as a brand ambassador of Pepsi. He has also signed a brand partnership deal with Monster Energy Drink alongside Fireboy DML.
Following his mother’s advice, Rema decided to pursue a university education while building his career. Thus, he applied for an undergraduate degree program at the University Of Lagos and was offered admission to study Creative Arts.
Although he was once rumored to be dating social media influencer, Diana Eneje or Nimiie, Rema is currently single. Nevertheless, he has made it clear that he is open to a serious relationship once he finds the right lady.
Don Jazzy also plays a vital part in his success.
Rema went ahead to win The Headies Next Rated Awards slated for October 19, 2019, and also won SoundCity MVP for Best New Artist. He added City People Music Awards for the Revelation Of The Year to his cabinet.
Rema‘s celebrity status ensures that he has a lot of followers on social media, who are his die-hard fans.
He currently has over 2.9 million followers on Instagram and over 2.7 million followers on Twitter.
Instagram handle – @heisrema
Twitter handle – @heisrema
Among his contemporaries, Rema is one of the highest-earning artists. He has grown his career to the stage where he earns money from multiple sources viz royalties from discographies, concerts and shows gigs, brand endorsements, brand partnerships, e.t.c.
His net worth is estimated to be worth US$1 million-US$3 million.
Rema Songs / EP & Album Projects
- Bad Commando (EP)
- Spaceship Jocelyn
- Freestyle (EP)
- Bad Commando
- Calm Down
- American Love
- Ginger Me
- Peace Of Mind
- Iron Man
- Beamer (Bad Boys)