The well-known singer Crown Uzama, also known as Shallipopi, has disclosed that Rema, a colleague, encouraged him and other Edo State artists to have faith in their own abilities.
He claimed that the crooner of “Calm Down” was a ray of hope for them.
In a recent episode of The Zero Conditions podcast, the singer—who was born in Benin—spoke.
He said, “Benin as a place, none of us get hope to blow. We thought musical stardom was only attainable for Lagos and Abuja residents. We didn’t had the hope that we too could achieve spotlight. It was after Rema came, after D’Prince signed him to Jonzing World, that was when he realised that is also possible for Benin artists to hit stardom. There’s hope. If Rema cross over, we go fit cross over.
“When Rema went to Lagos, we were watching him. We are his day-one fans. He knows. We’ve been following since when he was posting freestyle videos on social to his trap EP to his new height. He was the one who gave us hope that we too can make it.”