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Entertainment of Friday, 17 March 2023


I ditched school over strikes to focus fully on music – Rema

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Global singing star Rema has explained he left tertiary institution to focus fully on music because of ASUU strike that lasted for eight months.

He said he is concentrating on music since he been recording ground-breaking feats in recent times.

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.

He 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.

Taken aback, the interviewer asked for clarity saying, “They what? What school is that?”

Rema continued, “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.

Meanwhile, the host told sent his regards to the singer’s mom, telling his to inform her that he’d like to meet her someday.