Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema at Ballon d'Or

Afrobeats sensation Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, took to social media to express his joy after being given the periodic chance to perform at the 2023 Ballon d'Or award ceremony. 

Rema has once again extended the profile of Afrobeats on the global stage and made Nigerians proud by executing his song "Calm Down" at the football awards ceremony.

The award ceremony was held on the evening of October 30, 2023, at the Theater du Chatelet in Paris, France. 

Argentine footballer Lionel Messi emerged as the winner, followed by Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Vinicius Junior, and Julian Alvarez. 

Nigerian footballer Victor Osimhen made his country proud by ranking eighth in the world, followed by Bernando Silva and Luka Modric in 10th place.

After his performance, Rema took to Instagram to thank the organizers of the award ceremony for the opportunity and conveyed his appreciation to God. 

He wrote, "Afrobeat at the Ballon d'Or, I am very grateful for the opportunity. Glory to the most gracious."


Rema later snaubbed Messi at the event for his countryman Victor Osimhen leaving fans talking.

Rema was the best African artist to perform at the soccer event, and he joined the list of African artists who have performed at sporting events. 

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