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Reasons why I switched from gospel to secular music -- Rema

Divine Ikubor, better known by his stage name Rema, a fast-rising Nigerian artist, opened out about his move from gospel to secular music on Sunday.

Rema, who used to lead a gospel rap ensemble in church, explained that he made the transition when he began singing in bars and lounges to make ends meet.

The Mavin Records signee revealed this during the Channels TV show Rubbin' Minds.

According to him,

"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.

"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

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