Tolu Arokodare, the Genk and Nigerian striker, was spotted with rapper Rema, whose real name is Divine Ikubor, together in a snapshot and video posted on Twitter on Sunday evening.
The pair met in Belgium after Rema thrilled fans at his show in the city of Liege. The two are reportedly friends and grabbed the opportunity to catch sight of each other in a ‘Music meets Football' as popularly quoted.
— First of My Kind (@_FOMK) July 10, 2023
Nigerian superstar musician Rema, whose ‘Calm Down” hit song has topped six of the US Major Charts, the most by any African song in the country and the African song at the top of the charts for the longest time, has been performing in almost every week in the last couple of months across the globe.
Rema, who shot to stardom from his ‘Dumebi' song in 2019, has consistently been on the rise in the music world. At the moment, the ‘Calm Down' crooner is touring the world, taking his music to many places, and entertaining his fans.
Fans reaction to Rema's meetup with Tolu Arokodare on Twitter
After seeing photos of the two stars, fans reacted in a show of love and support for the duo carrying the name of Nigeria far and wide.
In a Tweet posted by ‘Ojora Babatunde' with the handle @ojbsports on Sunday, fans took to the comment section to react.
One fan with the name ‘Burna N1 Fan' with twitter handle ‘@hanamnzali76' reacted thus:
“One of my favourite ballers with one of my favourite singers. I’m glad they met. I’m looking forward to seeing Tolu again and to see Rema for the 1st time one day”
Another fan who goes by the name ‘Raving Bosco (@Bauscau)' reacted with:
“Once upon a time, Nigeria's biggest export was crude oil but now it's Rema”.
In another reply to the Tweet, one fan who goes with ‘RemaRaver1' said:
“Since the beginning of June, Rema hasn't gone two days straight without performing in a festival or a big concert. He has performed in more than 10 festivals since June. He's currently the most booked African artist, be it festivals, concerts or normal shows”.
You can check the Tweet below to see further reactions:
When football meets music 🤝🏾.
— Ojora Babatunde (@ojbsports) July 9, 2023
Tolu Arokodare club career
Born on 23 November 2000 in Festac, Lagos, Tolu Arokodare began his career at Kash Academy as a youngster; he went on to feature for Segun Adegbami's International College and Sports Academy, Flying Sports Academy and Box2Box FC.
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According to reports, Tolu had trials with European clubs SC Freiburg and Toulouse that didn't go as expected. He'd later sign his first professional contract for Latvian side, Valmeira, in June, 2019 where he scored 22 goals in 32 appearances.
In September 2020, Arokodare was loaned to German club FC Köln for the 2020/21 season. He made his professional debut for Köln in the Bundesliga on 26 September 2020 as a substitute in an away match against Arminia Bielefeld. He went on to play a total of ten games without scoring.
On 28 June 2021, Arokodare joined Ligue 2 club Amiens on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy. The striker played 55 games for Amiens, and scored 14 goals in two seasons before leaving the club.
He completed a stunning move from Amiens in the Ligue 1 to KRC Genk in Belgium on the brink of the January transfer deadline in 2023.
Tolu was signed for around €5 million to replace another Nigerian striker, Paul Onuachu, whose departure to Southampton paved the way for his fellow countryman.
After moving to the Luminous Arena in a four-and-a-half-year deal, Tolu Arokodare said it was the finest professional decision he had ever made.
Tolu had gone on to score on his debut for Genk as a substitute against Gent in a 3-2 away win. Tolu ended the season with two goals in 11 appearances for KRC Genk.
The Belgian League kicks off later this month and Tolu's KRC Genk side will square off with RDW Molenbeek on 29 July. Tolu will be eager to start the 2023/24 league season on the front foot.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago