Rema’s Ethiopia Show Cancelled As "Burning Church" Necklace Causes Stir: “He’s A Devil Worshipper”

Rema’s Ethiopia Show Cancelled As "Burning Church" Necklace Causes Stir: “He’s A Devil Worshipper”

  • Nigerian singer Rema has a show scheduled for September 9 in Ethiopia, but reports say it has been cancelled
  • The music star’s Ethiopian show was reportedly cancelled after his necklace of a burning church raised religious concerns
  • An Ethiopian lady on Daddy Freeze’s IG live explained that they felt he was a devil worshipper because of his accessory

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Popular Nigerian singer Rema’s upcoming show in Ethiopia has reportedly been cancelled, according to several sources.

The music star was set to perform in Ethiopia on September 9, 2023, at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa, but it was gathered that the hotel’s management cancelled the event for religious reasons.

Rema's Ethiopia concert.
Rema's necklace reportedly raised religious concerns in Ethiopia. Photos: @heisrema
Source: UGC

Rema’s cancelled concert in Ethiopia came as a result of his recently unveiled necklace, which showed the image of a church burning upside down as well as inverted crosses. It was said that the music star was accused of being a devil worshipper.

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According to reports gathered from The Will, the image on Rema’s necklace offended the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church and the people of Ethiopia, and the hotel reacted by cancelling the singer’s show.

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Ethiopian lady reveals why Rema’s show was cancelled

An Ethiopian lady was also recently a guest on Nigerian media personality Daddy Freeze’s Instagram live show, where she spoke about Rema’s cancelled concert in her country.

She said a press statement was released to the effect because Rema’s necklace has sparked concerns about him being a devil worshipper.

In her words:

“They made a statement, like a press release in Ethiopia about Rema. Yes, you can imagine, it’s a very big deal.
“They’re basically saying he is worshipping the devil because of what he has on his neck. And to be honest, I never thought of it myself. And there’s more to it; to be honest.”

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Reactions as Rema’s Ethiopian concert gets cancelled

News soon spread on social media about Rema’s Ethiopian concert getting cancelled and sparked mixed reactions from Nigerians. Some of them noted that his necklace imagery was ‘a bit much’.

Read some of their comments below:


“It’s great to see a country standing for what they believe in . I love rema’s music but the idea of the album cover was abit much truth be told whoever came up with that idea is definitely Atheist and I wanna believe it isn’t Rema . A burning Church and the cross Upside Down . Let’s be honest.”


“Funny enough it’s true, Check the post Rema made for the necklace launching… The Goat in it Represents Baphomet (the devils goat) and Rema has a tat on him called the devils tree…”

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“Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in Africa, with a lot of biblical history and others. A lot is happening we don’t know about religion and practices that are so deep and sign we use that we don’t understand nor know meaning of it .”


“People that pay attention to details and they don't just see things for what they are, people that tend to look for more meaning or Deeper meaning to a symbol, pictures or videos knows about this. Open your eyes.”


“Abi dem no fit afford REMA money make dem talk true Abeg leave religion.”


“Person do chain for billions and because of show where Dey wan pay small money go lose billions chain you try, nothing like juju abeg.”


“This is very good, I’ve been saying this since but you people won’t understand, nobody is too righteous but I think he’s making his own very obvious.”

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“So na today una know say rema don sell him soul.”


“A burning church and cross upside down isn’t just ordinary tbh but let’s say people are just too easy to manipulate these days.”

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