BY ADEKOYA BOLADELE
When Shanawole, the 11-year-old vicious cultist was unveiled to the world in his full regalia, deck with fire blazing arm-size Indian hemp few months ago before his eventual rehabilitation by a Pastor of This Present House Church, most Nigerians who watched his confession which was often interrupted by a puff of the hemp in his hand interpreted his predicament to the breakdown of our societal values and decaying parental responsibility.
While this is true, his revelation also points to the drooping sanity across Nigeria today. Our society is in trouble and more than ever, our youth, male and female alike, are the most endangered species. Not only have we lost the war on drug abuse effortlessly, we have further created a yard for eventual neuropsychiatric disorder.
The soaring rate of drug abuse in our society is so shocking, the effects will be borne by generations yet unborn if not nip in the bud immediately.
Already, over three million bottles of codeine syrup are consumed daily in Kano and Jigawa States alone according to the Nigerian Senate. In an interview with This Day newspaper, a former Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Otunba Ipinmisho, pegged the percentage of youths involved in drug abuse in Nigeria at 40 per cent. An estimated figure of forty million Nigerian youths!
At the heart of this escalating epidemic is a rave making Nigerian artiste, Olamide Adedeji, known by many as Badoo.
Ever since he started his musical career, the self-crowned ‘King of the street’ has more than often continue to promote vulgar lyrics capable of destroying the foundation of our morality and socio-cultural values. His beats, though danceable and rhythmical are often backed by a blend of social rascality. Mr. Adedeji seems fixated on maintaining a street creed that he consciously promotes violence, hooliganism and drug abuse.
From the days of ‘eni duro’ – a street lingual which he created and often associated with destruction and delinquency, followed by ‘Young Erikina’ where he openly eulogise the criminal activities of internet fraudsters, Mr. Adedeji’s promotion of immorality has been a hit back-to-back.
His most recent song ‘Science Student’, produced by his famous partner in crime, Young John, is the final nail to whatever coffin the sanity of our society is buried in. The lyrics are not only intoxicating but a multiplication of unfathomable glorification of hard drugs and encouragement of intake of same.
From the array of vulgarity the song portrays, his vigorous encouragement of youths to mix illicit substances like ‘skushi’, ‘monkey tail’ – a corrosive distillation of Indian hemp soaked in ethanol for days to derive hyper combustion, amongst other substances betray any decency left in the Nigerian music industry.
Already drug addicts have started wearing the toga like a badge with pride, many, who do not understand basic terminologies such as chromatography, transpiration or algebra now answer to the appellation ‘Science Student’.
It is high time the Nigerian Police Force and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency lived up their responsibilities for once and call Mr. Adedeji for questioning. He must explain his role in the promotion of indecency, public unrest and drug abuse. It is hardly unexpected that Mr. Adedeji may have more than a cordial relationship with merchants of this industry, perhaps, even a stake in the underworld market.
But if these acts of his are merely the display of youthful exuberance, Mr. Adedeji must realise that even if our society has failed and our political system continues to leave us all with no glimpse of hope, applying fuel to an inferno is never a way to quell it.
Mr. Adedeji wields enormous influence and the sooner he realise that he is no longer the teenager struggling for relevance few years ago, the better for this nation. If not for anything but for his fan base of young and malleable Nigerians open to musical influence, he should grow up.
Influence such as his, if used rightly can earn him global recognition and perhaps, a page in history. With his great power, he must take up greater responsibilities. He should focus his attention more on social causes and issues that affect the lives of his fans. Mr. Adedeji should be admonished to value humanity than rave or sustaining popularity.
Finally, the National Broadcasting Commission which should act as the clearing house for songs even before they hit the airwaves seems to have gone to sleep. I hope it is not too late to act now.
As a matter of national security and preserving whatever is left of our sanity, the President should direct the Minister for Health to order an immediate ban on all pharmaceutical drugs that are prone to abuse and make Mr. Adedeji the face of the campaign against drug abuse.
Boladale is on social media as @adekoyabee
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I know you dislike the spread of drug abuse like wildfire amongst our youth, but laying the blame on a young guy who’s making music to make two ends meet is not quite it.
If parents left the upbringing of their kids to an innocent, unrelated musician is the fault of the parents, not the musician.
On another careful listening to the Science Student – Olamide, I realize he was condemning the act with limes like “eemo wo’lu, eni ire lo”, ” kilode eede jebure nitori anobi” “se en compete pelu sango ni?” etc. Your dislike for Olamide may have deafened you from really listening to the lyrics.
This article confirms the old saying, “No matter what you say, people will hear what they intend to hear from you”
Take nothing away from olamide he is good and he is raw but jay z, tu pac, and biggie didn’t go thus far if the words on this article is 100% true then its too much most especially this part of the article “From the array of vulgarity the song portrays, his vigorous encouragement of youths to mix illicit substances like ‘skushi’, ‘monkey tail’ – a corrosive distillation of Indian hemp soaked in ethanol for days to derive hyper combustion, amongst other substances betray any decency left in the Nigerian music industry.” So my dear let him try singing something discouraging drug abuse and try not to care more about is street creed and be an artist that promotes sanity thank you my dear
Nice one science student😂😂😂😂😂
Spot on.. So TRUE
Olamide is not promoting a lifestyle but rather shedding light on the reality of the street life just like people like Jay z, 2pac and biggie did with hip hop. He’s speaking his truth, its that simple. You can not make him take responsibility for drug abuse and its effect on the Nigerian youths
Thank you Jor. They will not go and talk to those ones carrying our money away.
Abi oo they are here judging music while people are being sluttered like animals in benue stupid govt my foot
God is gud always..
I beg to differ the writer of this piece made valuable points…u need to be on the street to realize most of our drug abusing youth care less about ur line eebi eyin ni sango, rather they see such line as a moral booster to get to the highest level..
Am in my 30s and I know how some of my old pals are struggling with drug abuse..Things were still a bit saner when we were growing up, things are not the same anymore..
We need to say the truth and condemn what is wrong out rightly. If u elder brother is an armed robber and pays your school, does it rule out the fact he is a bad person..
Or u saying the nude video vixens are promoting culture? Things are so bad..u need to be on the streets to understand the tone.
Olamide badoo is just a messiah using music to reveal social decadence. Just shine your eyes.
Thank you so much. The love of these people isn’t allowing them face reality.
Look at the way Wizkid opens smokes weed in his video. What of Davido? They have become role models to many. Most of them are even looking older than me.
As the years progress, the values become loose.
to make ends meet by killin destinies! let him sing decent songs and make Ends Meet.
The whole game of it.. The world on its own is corrupt.music of before are not the musics of today.. Humans should not leave by music if today cos it passes no messages
U r a good writer Thanx for observation.
A child, a youth that will be valuable & useful to the society in terms of leadership & position is recognisable through his utterances’, footsteps & even the type of friend he keeps. We should all condemn youths negative tendencies in our societies & supporting it. An I’ll trained child turns up
As ill-trained children turns up to cultist members, armed rubbers, killers, street disturbances or even loot our treasury when the occupy any of our public office. Be warned!
Right from the onset I really don’t see anything good in this olamide badoo or whatever he’s been called and other Nigeria artists. Only god can help us in this failed country.i
Sincerely I feel the lyrics of Olamide does more harm than good as it encourages different vices in the society. The so call songs makes the youth sees nothing wrong in drug abuse, prostitution and other social vices. You listen to his songs over time and you want cry for the sort of ungodly influence he wields on the already polluted society…………………….musicians must realise they are influencers for generations.
I agree totally. Olamide is not a good influence on young ones at all. I so much hate the lyrics of his song since he releases “mo ti mu dongoyaro”! It was a terrible and nasty song and so is all his songs!
While the police are at arresting Olamide, they shouldn’t forget the Fulani herdsmen too
I don’t know why people don’t learn how to remove the log of wood in their eyes before seeing a piece in their fellas.. Olamide has nothing to do with drug abuse or neither is he promoting it..the fast is that the world is coming to an end and that’s just it..let olamide’s critics go and listen to letter to Milly maybe they can learn some more things from the innocent guy..come what me..I love him and love his lyrics. And mind you I was once a smoker but I stopped smoking and drinking without no pastor preaching and I believe it was time to quit ..so let anyone do what he or she believe its best for him or her and stop blaming my fav artist ..OK!!
From most of the comments here, I pity our young generation. May God have mercy on us.
Your are better off writing an article that relates to the present predicaments faced by Nigerians in the hands of the sole called herdsmen, the issue of drugs and other related condiments has been in existence prior before olamide got into music. If not for bad governance, how would those items as you mentioned come into play?? If your children are into drugs, you are responsible for there up bringing not an artist who sings and entertain his viewers.
I’m sorry o… But who are these ones.
Se ejo o kin su yin ni? Omo #LAGOS NAWA#
SIT DOWN PLEASE😕
moving on next topic??
Its unfortunate moral values are erroded. I read comments here that shows that a lot were born into this decadence. So, they just can’t get the point in your write up. What a pity!
fact is that singing about Street life is a double edged sword. it can promote the lifestyle and also bring it to light for repair. feel me? . Let’s be honest if the song or olamide did not exist, this article would not exist. with or without olamides songs, this ‘science student’ lifestyle exists. Now while I can understand the writers pain it’s also unfair to blame olamide. Every human is allowed to choose. Olamide is not the problem. His influence is not a deliberate act from him, people decided to be influenced. I’m a big hip hop enthusiast but I don’t go about carrying guns and sell drugs because jay-z rapped about it. unless I choose to. mama raised me right. feel me?
I feel you bro
You’ve done well but its better not knowing than knowing and fighting resistance. People would always do what you don’t want them to. I never heard of science students but your article is a free publicity to it already. Whether you like it or not evil will not end. Its been on since the days of Adam and Eve. Advice the ones you can and leave the rest for God.
Pls listen to the lyrics before you nail and destroy a young vibrant artist. He actually at the end of the song saying “se fe para yin nii” meaning do u want to kill yourselfs on drugs…
Well written, Mr. Bola.
This goes to show the huge gap that our regulators have chosen to ignore. The media is a big component in the education & development of people – what we see, hear and discuss. If this fails, our community will have a huge decay soon than we can tell.
We need to form pressure groups to ensure our regulators wake up and get better. The future is in our hands.
Dey pour sand
Inside another person garri
I don’t know why some Nigerians writer investigate very well before putting up an article in air at least if you listening to this music very well or read lyrics you will see he is not promoting hard drugs or racist he is just using it to stop them the way they live their life.but the way people take it is another way OK get this Bo ri Diesel wan ma shana si, bo ri Flaker, won
ma shana si
Colorado wan ma shana si, kilode e de jebure
E n compete pelu Sango ni just listing well before you write an article.
That is not the tone to use to condemn negative things. It’s like he is exposing them to what they don’t know in drug. Olamide is indeed pretentious.