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More Iranian Women Defy Govt’s Order, Dance To Rema’s Calm Down



Kunle Awosiyan

In what they tag “For Woman Life Freedom”, scores of women in Iran have defied the government order to dance publicly.

This is coming a few weeks after five Iranian ladies were arrested for dancing to Rema’s Calm Down, a Nigerian afrobeats.


Till now, no one knows the whereabouts of the five ladies and this is generating a lot of questions in a nation where ladies had been killed for mere protest against bad laws.

Series of protest videos had since been released by women in the country with the latest one showing scores of women danding to Rema’s and asking for the release of the five ladies.

The women said they had released the new video in solidarity with the five detained ladies and to also seek their immediate release.

To them, the five ladies are under the threat of the oppressive regime for doing exactly what they had come out to do.

Dancing publicly is considered a crime in Iran and could lead to torture and rape, according to the viral video.


With #FreeIran, #DanceforIran, the ladies in the video said that women could dance in Iran for a whole day in solidarity with the detained five Iranian ladies.

The five ladies were arrested on the International Women’s Day, March 8, for singing Nigerian Rema’s Calm Down, five Iranian ladies are still missing.

The Iranian Morality Police visited the five ladies neighbourhood of Ektaban for singing and dancing to Calm Down and refusing to wear headscarves in a viral video.

They were taken to custody to confess with the hope that they would be released but since then nobody could trace their whereabouts.

Earlier a viral video with the #SavetheEktabangirls had demandes the whereabouts of the girls, asking the Iranian authority to produce them.


Reacting to the arrest, the Nigerian music star, Divine Ikubor with the stage name Rema writes on his Instagram, “To all the beautiful women who are fighting for a better world, I’m inspired by you, I sing for you and I dream with you.”

Nigeria’s music industry has become a positive identity for the country as many of the stars are making wave across the world.