GLOBAL afrobeats star, Divine Ikubor, professionally known as Rema, has canceled all performances in December to focus on his health.
He made this known in the late hours of Wednesday, November 30, via his Instagram story.
“Breaks my heart to say that I won’t be performing anywhere this December, been years of touring, I’ve ignored my health, and I need time to recuperate. 2024, we go again. Love ❤️,” he stated in the post.
Rema has had a successful year touring and performing in different cities in Europe, Asia, and North America.
The abrupt announcement is a major disappointment for his Nigerian fans, especially after the planned tour in Abuja, Lagos, and Benin.
He was also scheduled to perform at the Hey Neighbor Music Festival, set to take place from December 8 to December 10.
The announcement by Rema to cancel all performances in December came shortly after the Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, unveiled plans to host him in a grand homecoming music concert on December 21.
The governor expressed excitement about hosting the artiste while speaking to youths at the Sir Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub, Benin City, the state capital, on Wednesday, November 29.
Obaseki, in a statement by the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, said, “By the grace of God, this Christmas, we will bring Rema home. Rema will have a homecoming concert.”
In 2023, Rema made a mark for himself and the music industry in Nigeria and internationally, with his latest achievement being his song, ‘Calm Down’ making chart history on both Apple Music and Spotify.
The hit song finished 12th on the global top 100 most streamed songs on Apple Music and 8th on Spotify’s top 10 chart of most streamed tracks globally.