Olamide is very influential in Nigerian pop culture. His wildly popular songs usually have an accompanying dance which sticks around for way too long, and his haphazard lyrics are responsible for a lot of slangs we have today.
His first single of 2018, "Science Student" follows usual suit, however came with a lot of societal commentary and backlash due to its content.
Olamide made his mark as a man of the people, therefore when "Science Student" came out, Nigerians accused Olamide of promoting drug abuse, which led to NBC declaring the song as unfit for broadcast. The truth of the matter is that Olamide's song is not the problem, drug abuse is, and banning "Science Student" doesn't automatically eradicate the problem, given that it's been a thing for long before the song!
In an interview with Vots TV, Olamide explained the meaning behind the song, in the bid to defend his stance and the wild accusations Nigerian society made against him. He said that it's his duty to let the youth know about the effects of drug abuse without being preachy and harsh towards them.
On his Instagram, the rapper also said:
"I want you all to take some time to reflect on the subject, say no to drug abuse. Don’t abuse alcohol. Stop mixing what you don’t know about. Live responsibly and drink responsibly. Don’t aspire the ‘highness state’ but a state of purpose fulfillment and passion discovery.
Together let’s put an end to drug abuse and save as many lives as possible. The video will be out soon and I can’t wait for you all to see it."
He also said that the song's music video will explain a lot more to us, and he has just released a teaser to this effect. From watching the teaser, it looks super exciting and engaging but we're not really sure how it manages to tackle drug abuse yet. I guess we'll find out when the full video comes out.
Until then, check out the teaser clips right here: