Nigerian singer-songwriter, Divine Ikubor who is better known as Rema has revealed why he decided to focus on his music career and ignore his tertiary education.
According to the Mavins recording artiste who gained admission to study Creative Arts at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), however, he had to look away following the ASUU strike that happened for eight months.
He spoke in an interview with ‘Count Down’ about his smash hit single, “Calm Down”, working with Selena Gomez on the remix and buying his mom a car before blowing and others.
In January 2022, the “Soundgasm” singer, in a post on the microblogging app, revealed he just gained admission into the University of Lagos (UNILAG) to study Creative Arts.
Rema noted his decision was pre-informed by his mother’s desire for him to acquire a university degree.
However, relating his decision to ditch his tertiary studies to focus full time on music, the 22-year-old singer blamed it on the prolong industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The strike which started on February 14 was eventually called off on October 14, in accordance with the Appeal Court’s ruling.
Speaking, about his admission into UNILAG and eventual dismal of his plan to study, Rema state: “I got admission last year but I bailed on it. I bailed on it because they went on strike.”
“University of Lagos. In fact, all school went on strike in Nigeria.
“So they are back but it took a couple of months. But I wanted to really like strategise how I was going to do part-time schooling and touring but the whole strike made it look awkward. It was like a glitch so I just had to move on from it.
“So are you gonna pass on it”, queried the host.
“I’m going to pass on it”, retorted Rema. “Because right now, life is crazy, life is fast. So, Yeah! Right now, I’m full music, I told my mom.
Though Rema had earlier revealed his mom truly desired that he acquired a tertiary education, he however, noted she was fine with his decision to forgo studies and focus fully on music.
“My mom is fine with it. She travels with me too. She was in London with me but it was quite cold so she had to run back home”, he added.
Divine Ikubor, known professionally as Rema, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and rapper. He rose to stardom after releasing the song “Dumebi”. In 2019, he signed a record deal with Jonzing World, a subsidiary of Mavin Records.