Divine Ikubor, the Afrobeats star fondly called Rema, says Rwanda’s Paul Kagame is the “first president I have ever met in my life”. 


The ‘Calm Down’ hitmaker expressed his excitement after meeting with the Rwandan president at the Trace Awards after-party event.

Rema praised Kagame for not just being a president but also “a father who cares for the youth”.

The award-winning artiste also said he feels comfortable visiting Rwanda while describing the East African country as a place of “rest and freedom”.


Rema added that he has never met Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his country’s president.

“To be honest, this is the first president I have ever met in my life. He is the first. I have not even met my own president,” he said.

“But that just shows how much he cares. He is not just a president. He is a father. He cares about the youth. He cares about us. I feel so comfortable. So welcome. I have a lot of fans in Rwanda and they have shown me so much love. So much support.”


“One more thing about Rwanda is sometimes when I travel to the US, to London and it is not work-related, I just wanna chill. I feel like coming to Rwanda. It gives me that vibe of a place where I can rest. That I can feel at home without having to tour, to travel to places.”

Rema was among the top winners at the maiden edition of the Trace Awards held in Kigali.

He secured the ‘Song of the Year’ category for the hit song ‘Calm Down’ while the ‘Best Global African Artiste’ was a tie between the Nigerian and Nomcebo.


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