Street Slangs that Olamide made viral through his songs

    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.

    Street Slangs that went viral through Olamide’s songs
    Street Slangs that went viral through Olamide 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.


    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.

    Eyan Mayweather

    This slang came from Olamide’s fifth studio album of the same name. Eyan Mayweather literarily means somebody that is as wealthy as the former professional boxer and boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather.

    Eni Duro

    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

    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.

    Turn Up

    When you show up for a hangout, party, club or any form of a celebratory gig with loud music and booze. It’s from his 2013 single of the same name.

    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.

     The Acronym, ‘YBNL’ is the name of his label.

    Shoro Niyen

    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?”.

    If you must express astonishment at some kin yarns, shoro niyen is the perfect reply to such.

    Science Student

    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.


    Kosere Ni Moscow

    The literal translation means “there is no playing around in Moscow”. In slang usage, it means “there’s no time for waste”.

    Koduro Soke

    Koduro soke is a slang that was coined from Olamide’s song ‘Durosoke‘ which means stay on top.


    This slang became popular after the release of “Ilefo Illuminati”. Ilefo simply means to carry one’s self with a great deal of swagger and verve.

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