Nigerian sensation Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has broken his silence on accusations of using “satanic/Illuminati” symbols during his headline concert at London’s O2 Arena on November 14, 2023.
After achieving the remarkable feat of selling out the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena, joining the ranks of Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy, and Asake, Rema faced allegations of satanism from some fans on social media. These claims emerged following the concert, with attendees accusing him of incorporating “Illuminati” symbols into his performance.
Addressing the controversy on his X (formerly Twitter) handle, the Edo-born superstar provided insights into the elements of his performance that sparked the allegations. Rema clarified that the artificial horse he rode on stage was a replication of a Benin artifact, and the mask he wore was a tribute to the renowned Queen Idia mask.
Additionally, Rema explained that the artificial bat he rode during his second appearance held cultural significance, paying homage to the bats that adorn the Edo night sky.
On X, he wrote, “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! 🦇🇬🇧”
Reacting, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State hailed the singer fr representing his culture at the concert.
He said the people of the state are proud of Rema, “especially his personification of the Edo heritage.”
On his X handle, Obaseki wrote, “We are indeed proud of the enigma of @heisrema 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.”