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BN Hot Topic: Olamide’s “Science Student,” Drug Abuse & the Role of a Creative in Societal Issues



BN Hot Topic: Olamide's "Science Students," Drug Abuse & the Role of a Creative in Societal Issues


Nigerian rapper Olamide has a penchant for making songs, dance moves and street slangs go viral. The trending dance move at the moment is Shaku Shaku and it has somewhat boosted the popularity of what Nigerians call “street jamz”.

After his hit single “WO,” Olamide dropped another song – Science Student – that can be termed as perfect for the shaku shaku dance. The song discusses the rising rate (or should we say growing popularity?) of drug abuse in the society.

Nigeria’s drug abuse situation is growing and the youth (mainly) now take a variety of hard drugs in large quantities, sometimes mixing most of them (where the “science students” title came from) together. We recently talked about an impending drug abuse crisis. Read it here.

Olamide, regarded as “King of the Streets” for his songs that depicts what’s going one in the ghetto, has had his fair share of criticism concerning his lyrics over the years.

Olamide rapped his verses and sang the chorus for Science Student in mostly Yoruba and majority of Nigerians couldn’t get the meaning, but the beat is great, the skits on Instagram are fun to watch, and the shaku shaku dance must be learned, with this song.

However, the song is sparking major discussions online and offline. On the one side, people are saying it is promoting drug abuse and on the other side, is the group saying tt is passing the message on the effects of drug abuse. Another set of people feel he’s playing his role as a creative in starting a conversation.

Without mentioning names or songs, actress Kemi Lala Akindoju spoke on “the encouragement and promotion to use hard drugs and get ‘high’ under the influence in the name of song and dance,” saying “it is disturbing”.

Music executive also shared his thoughts on the issue:

But first of all, see this translation of the song:

A comedian @Oluwadolarz also made a skit, singing (some parts of) the song. Watch below:

So, BellaNaijarians, what are your thoughts? Have you listened to the song? Do you understand the lyrics? Does it promote (or songs like it promotes) drug abuse? Do you think the song is spotlighting an important issue in the society and starting an important conversation? Please share your thoughts.

Photo Credit: Instagram – @elziavibestudio


  1. Physio Tinu

    January 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I want to say something serious I swear but i can’t get over the lyrics-

    “are you people competing with Sango? Why is there smoke everywhere?” ????

    “Plus see smoke everywhere like say mopo throw teargas inside room” ????

    Truly, awon street ti take over. Badosneh, where are you?!! I’m gonna start following you on all social media platforms.

    Singing…Ko se we, ko se gbo”

  2. Physio Tinu

    January 20, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Okay, seriously speaking I’m starting to see the genius in this Olamide chap aka badosneh. He creatively addresses two classes of people:

    On one hand, the bariga folks and awonstreet can relate with our trado-medical practices and beliefs in the lyrics: “are you people competing with Sango? Why is there smoke everywhere?” And “they have mixed gutter water”

    On the other hand, the uppity lekki and abuja folks who do shisha plus X in the recesses of Bank and Quilox and reinvent themselves fall into the category of “see smoke everywhere like say mopo throw teargas inside room” and “Khadijah has turn herself to CardiB”

    So before you moan about drug abuse in Ajegunle, Look in the mirror and remember last friday night…

  3. Fey!

    January 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    i think this translated version would make a lot of people understand the song properly cos i’m tired of explaining the meaning of the song to people

  4. Manny

    January 20, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Does Kemi Lala speak Yoruba at all? The song is against drugs. He even said e jebure nitori anobi as in take it easy/stop it in the name of the prophet.

  5. Ooohlala

    January 20, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Lmao who ever translated this must be a yoruba genius.
    Anyways on a serious note tho….I think the problem is alot of pple are to self righteous and will always judge a book by it cover.
    Before now we all know that olamide is for the street and for him to stay relevant he has to sing songs most of them can relate to and the problems here is not the song it is the reaction of the so called street pple who will rather just take the line they love out of the song and dance shaku Shaku than to actually listen to what pastor olamide is preaching…I can bet we will not be here if adekunle Gold sang this song(lyrics) with his signature beat and his juju band.

  6. Deb

    January 21, 2018 at 3:00 am

    I was telling my cousin today that the song is a reported speech. It is not encouraging drugs but stating the activities involed in using drugs by youths

  7. Never heard eet

    January 21, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Never heard it, first I’m hearing of it but the “Ganiyu” line caught my attention, now I’d like to listen to it.

  8. Xo

    January 21, 2018 at 6:56 am

    The song is neither encouraging nor discouraging drug abus

  9. Omo

    January 22, 2018 at 10:14 am

    This lyrics got me cracked up! Now i get the meaning of the song sha

  10. tj

    January 22, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    the lyrics of the song might not encourage drug abuse but yet drug addicts will find the song so good to vibe to cos a song is more than the lyrics and I think Olamide is just being smart business-wise.

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