Afrobeats star Rema addresses 'satanic symbolism' in sold-out London concert
Popular Nigerian Afrobeats singer Divine
Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has addressed the illuminati allegations
trailing his recent sold-out performance at the 02 Arena in London, UK.
after the show, which saw Rema follow in the footsteps of the likes of Burna
Boy, Wizkid and Davido, fans started talking about Rema's dramatic entrance
which comprised a 'devilish' mask and an odius, stationary horse on which he
performed, which emitted dark imagery and fiendish symbolism.
second stage appearance, Rema was clothed in a red and black futuristic
military gear attire while he rode to the stage on the back of a large bat
whose eyes were covered in red.
choice of stagecraft and dark, provocative aesthetics generated sharp reactions
from some of the concertgoers - and fans online - who found it to have elements
the developments in a post shared on his X (formerly Twitter) account, Rema
downplayed the concerns saying that the alleged demonic mask was a remake of
the bronzes of his Nigerian ancestors.
superstar explained that the artificial horse he rode on stage with was a
replica of a Benin artifact, and the mask he wore was a replica of the famous
Queen Idia mask.
the artificial bat he rode on stage during his second appearance was said to be
a homage to the bats that dot the Edo night sky.
"RAVAGE UPRISING/ My Ancestors bronzes sit in the museum of this very city
so I remade mine. Hence, Edo is redefined, the map reshaped, your minds
awakened & the mask reborn. Thank you, London!"
At the same
time, Nigeria's Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State congratulated Rema on his
sold-out concert at London’s 02 Arena.
He said the
people of the state were proud of Rema, “especially his personification of the
On his X
handle, Obaseki wrote, “We are indeed proud of the enigma of Rema and what he
has come to represent, especially his personification of the Edo heritage. We
applaud his genius and celebrate him as he takes the world stage by storm.”
critically-acclaimed show ended up exceeding the curfew by 20 minutes, and Rema
will be facing fines, with The O2 Arena reportedly imposing a penalty of
£10,000 (Ksh.1.6 million) per minute for overrunning.
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