Why I Abandoned UNILAG Admission – Rema


Rema claims he dropped out of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) due to the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ strike (ASUU).

The musician, born Divine Ikubor, revealed in January 2022 that he had been accepted to study at UNILAG.

According to him, the decision was influenced by his mother’s urge that he obtain a varsity degree.

Yet a month into his entrance, ASUU embarked on an eight-month strike. It was put on hold on October 14.

In an interview, the singer stated that the strike made him uninterested in continuing his education.

“I got admission last year but I bailed on it. I bailed on it because they went on strike,” he said.

The interviewer inquired to know the name of the varsity, to which the ‘Calm Down’ crooner said “the University of Lagos. In fact, all schools 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,” he added.

“It was like a glitch so I just had to move on from it.”

On his mum’s reaction, Rema said she was not worried about his decision to ditch school for music.

“My mum 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 said.

Rema has continued to enjoy fame in the country’s music landscape with strings of hit projects.

In 2020, the musician recalled how his mother’s support was essential after he lost his father and brother.

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