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Video of Rema’s Performance at the Ballon d’Or Trends, Singer Shakes Football Stars, Ignores Messi



Nigerian Afrobeat superstar Divine Ikubor, aka Rema, recently took his global relevance to an entirely new level as he performed his hit song “Calm Down” at the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony. The Afrobeat star made history as he became the first Nigerian to perform at the global award event.

Rema refuses to shake Lionel Messi

Amidst the fantastic achievement, something Rema did during his performance at the 2023 Ballon d’Or has caught the attention of many.

The singer, during the show, was seen sharing a handshake with several football stars, including Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr, Erling Haaland, and Bernardo Silva, but conspicuously missed the 8th Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi before returning to the stage to finish his performance. Rema’s performance at the Ballon d’Or is coming after several other international wins for many other Nigerian singers.

Recall also that earlier in 2023, Tiwa Savage performed at King Charles’ Inauguration. Davido performed at the World Cup final. Burna Boy delivered a pulsating show at the Uefa Champions League final.

Watch Rema’s full performance below:

Reactions trail Rema’s performance

Here are some of the comments that trailed Rema’s performance at the Ballon d’Or:


“Rema you are officially the number 1 artiste in Africa!!! Periodt!!! No one comes close!!! First African artiste to Perform at the Avalon D’or!!! Grammy Loading!!!”

@mrmacaroni1: “Proud Moment For us all.” @funnybroscomedy: “GLOBAL.” @josephmazino: “Speed was vibing hard.” @mavinrecords: “Global Ambassador!” @crayonthis: “Big W for our country! Big W for Africa! Big W for Afrobeat!! Big W for us all .” @didi_couture1: “The hand shakes were necessary.” @sheyebanks: “Global superstar. God is kind.