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Rema’s September 9 Ethiopia show cancelled over alleged devil-worshipping necklace – Lady affirms [VIDEO]

Hot Issues Rema’s September 9 Ethiopia show cancelled over alleged devil-worshipping necklace – Lady affirms [VIDEO]
FRI, 08 SEP 2023 LISTEN

A highly anticipated concert by Nigerian singer Rema, scheduled for September 9 in Addis Ababa, has been cancelled amidst controversy surrounding his jewelry.

The cancellation came after Rema's customized necklace, featuring imagery of a burning church and inverted crosses, sparked outrage in the deeply religious country.

Many Ethiopians viewed the symbols as disrespectful and promoting devil worship.

"They're basically saying he's a devil worshipper 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," said an Ethiopian woman in an interview with media personality Daddy Freeze.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, which has a strong cultural footprint in the country, condemned Rema's jewelry and reportedly pressured the Sheraton Hotel Addis to call off the New Year's Eve show.

In a statement, the hotel expressed "deep regret for any offence caused" and emphasized its "respect for Ethiopian culture, history, and religious values."

According to the Ethiopian woman, "They made a statement, like a press release in Ethiopia about Rema. Yes, you can imagine, it’s a very big deal."

When asked about the content of the statement, she replied, "They’re basically saying he’s a devil worshipper because of what he has on his neck."

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