Rema Creates History as the First Nigerian Performer at Ballon d’Or Ceremony

Afrobeat sensation Rema breaks new ground as the first Nigerian artist to perform at the prestigious Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris. He captivates football stars and fans with his hit single “Calm Down” on the grand stage. Lionel Messi claims his 8th Ballon d’Or, setting a historic record.

Nigerian Afrobeat Star Wows Audience with Electrifying Performance

Nigerian Afrobeats sensation Rema achieved a historic milestone on October 30, 2023, as the first Nigerian artist to perform at the illustrious Ballon d'Or ceremony, an annual event honoring the world's top football player.

Taking the stage at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France, Rema electrified the audience with his chart-topping single "Calm Down." The crowd, which included football luminaries like Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, and Eden Hazard, joined in the excitement, clapping and singing along.


Rema's influence in the music industry remains paramount, as seen with his recent release "Ravage," shared on his "X" platform for fans' enjoyment.

He follows in the footsteps of other Afrobeat stars like Davido, Burna Boy, and Tiwa Savage, who have also showcased the genre on global stages like the World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and King Charles' coronation.

The 67th Ballon d'Or ceremony crowned Argentine football legend Lionel Messi with his unprecedented eighth award, solidifying his status as the most decorated recipient. This triumph surpassed the achievements of fellow stars Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Kylian Mbappé of PSG.

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