In the Nigeria Music Industry, YBNL Boss, Olamide Adedeji, has in the past few years been the source of many popular street slangs that are now in regular use. This was made possible as a result of his songs.
Olamide is credited as one of the few artists that pioneered some of the Nigerian popular slangs. His influence in the streets is as credible as his songs.
Olamide did not only dominate the street with his songs but also people using some certain slangs he used on them.
Here are some of the slangs, which did not necessarily originate from Olamide, but were made popular by his songs.
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Baddo is the term used to connote the act of praising one’s reputation at a particular art. It can also mean being unstoppable and on top of one’s game. This has become Olamide’s Nickname to date.
Pepper Dem Gang
Pepper dem gang describes a state of success that goes beyond people’s expectations, the kind of success that makes people want to envy you.
The literal translation of Eni Duro in the Yoruba language means “you dare not wait”. It’s slang connotation, however, means “you can’t square up to something or someone”. It was birthed from his debut single of the same name.
Omo wobe has a controversial meaning – ‘folks that smoke marijuana’. In his popular tune ‘Bobo’, Olamide could be heard on the intro calling, ‘Eyin Omo wobe(wobe), won gbo informaion……’. He even made the sishing smoking sounds.
Yahoo Boy, No Laptop
A Yahoo Boy is the street title of one who dabbles into online fraud through the use of any device, most often a laptop. Hence, it is near impossible for a Yahoo Boy to function without a laptop.
In referring to himself as “Yahoo Boy, no laptop”, Olamide implies that he is extraordinary.
Shiro Niyen, in the Yoruba language, is used to question the meaningfulness of an action, behaviour or position. An English usage can be “does that make sense?”.
In 2019, Olamide dropped the highly controversial song, “Science Student”. The song got attention from the W.H.O, Nigerian Government and even the broadcasting body, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
While Olamide was criticized for promoting drugs through the song, the rapper denied the claims and said that he as doing the opposite, trying to send a strong message to people who mi hard drugs together.
‘Science student’ is associated with illegal drugs – cannabis, raphenol, codeine, falcka e.t.c.
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