Ethiopian Orthodox Church Cancels Rema’s Concert Over Necklace Controversy

Rema is depicted wearing a customized necklace that features a burning church and inverted crosses

Ethiopian Orthodox Church Cancels Rema's Concert Over Necklace Controversy-TSZ Naija
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Cancels Rema's Concert Over Necklace Controversy

According to reports, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church put pressure on the Sheraton Hotel’s administration in Addis Abeba, causing the performance starring Rema, a popular Nigerian afrobeats artist, which was slated for September 9, 2023, to be cancelled.

An Ethiopian woman shared this information during an interview with Nigerian media personality, Daddy Freeze.

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According to her, the cancellation occurred due to accusations from influential leaders within the Ethiopian Orthodox Church who labeled Rema as a “devil worshipper” because of a customized necklace he wore in promotional artwork for the concert.

In the promotional artwork, Rema is depicted wearing a customized necklace that features a burning church and inverted crosses.

The woman explained, “They made a statement, like a press release in Ethiopia about Rema. Yes, you can imagine, it’s a very big deal.

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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.”

Furthermore, a video circulating on social media shows a lady defacing Rema’s concert poster in Addis Ababa, reflecting the controversy and opposition surrounding the event.

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