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Ballon d’Or: “He didn’t shake Messi”.- Tunde Ednut reacts as Rema shakes football stars (Watch)

Ballon d’Or: “He didn’t shake Messi”- Tunde Ednut reacts as Rema shakes football stars

Nigerian Afrobeat sensation, Divine Ikubor, known as Rema, achieved a significant milestone in his global music career by delivering a captivating performance of his hit track “Calm Down” at the prestigious 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony.

This historic appearance marked a momentous occasion as Rema became the first Nigerian artist to take the stage at this internationally renowned award event.

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While the Afrobeat star’s achievement in gracing the Ballon d’Or stage was indeed remarkable, it was a particular moment during his performance that generated considerable buzz and intrigue.

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Observers noted Rema’s handshake exchanges with several football luminaries, such as Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr, Erling Haaland, Ruben Dias, Gundogan, and Bernardo Silva.

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What stood out, however, was his noticeable omission of an interaction with Lionel Messi, the record-breaking 8-time Ballon d’Or winner, before promptly returning to the stage to conclude his electrifying performance.

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Rema’s performance at the Ballon d’Or ceremony is yet another testament to the growing international recognition of Nigerian artists.

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Lately, a series of Nigerian musicians had remarkable international engagements, underscoring the global appeal of their music. Tiwa Savage graced King Charles’ Inauguration with her performance, while Davido had the honour of performing at the World Cup final.

Burna Boy delivered an exhilarating show at the UEFA Champions League final. These milestones highlight the increasing influence and appreciation of Nigerian music on the global stage.

Sharing the video that captured the moment of interaction between Rema and the football stars, Tunde Ednut wrote: “Rema, Nigeria is proud of you. He shook the world’s best, but didn’t shake Messi. Chai, Maybe he didn’t see Messi. DROP THAT LOVE ❤️❤️❤️❤️ FOR REMA. This guy don blow finish. EDO STATE TO THE WORLD.”

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