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You Need to Watch Olamide's Epic Video For 'Science Student'

Olamide's controversial street banger, which was reportedly banned in Nigeria, gets the visual treatment.

Olamide kicked off the year in full force with the release of his single "Science Student," a highly-potent injection of energetic beats and infectious melodies that's been been taking over the airwaves.

But the song has also had its share of controversy.

If you've been following the story, Olamide got criticized by many who claimed his Young Jonn and BBanks-produced single was promoting drug abuse. Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission even reportedly declared the song unfit for broadcast.


Olamide has denied the fact, even coming out on his Instagram saying, "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... Don't aspire the 'highness state' but a state of purpose fulfillment and passion discovery."

The new music video for "Science Student" is another response to that criticism. The 7-minute clip, which was directed by Unlimited L.A, is an epic affair with an overall anti-drug message. It was choreographed by industry veteran Kaffy, who's been behind some of our favorite viral dances.

Olamide and his crew initially get lured into what looks like an underground drug den, filled with zombie-like, half-dead characters who've been mixing substances. Olamide's offered a cup himself, which he eventually tosses away. That all leads to an incredible large-scale dance scene around the 4-minute mark which must featured about 100 dancers.

Check the video out below. If you're feeling it, listen to "Science Student" kick off our take over of Spotify's African Heat playlist.

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Jahëna Louisin’s Debut Short Film, ‘28 jours,’ is an Homage to Black Fatherhood

Troubled by portrayal of Black fathers in mainstream media, the Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker set out to make a film about loss and humanity.

"Cinema Africa" is your guide to African film. Writer Ciku Kimeria is highlighting new movies and documentaries that tell fascinating stories or questioning prevailing narratives and occasionally returning to the classics that paved the way for a new generation of filmmakers.

28 jours (28 days) the debut short film from a Lome raised, Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker, Jahëna Louisin is the story of a widower and his eleven year old daughter going through an interesting stage in her transition to womanhood—her first period. As they grapple with the brutal loss of his wife and her mother, the two find themselves confronting this life-changing moment on their own.

On a call with the call with the first-time filmmaker hunkered down in Lome, Togo, we discuss her debut film that won the Togolese edition of the "7 jours pour 1" film award and was this year's official selection for an international fiction film at the largest North American film festival focusing on films from Africa and the diaspora, Vues D'Afrique in Canada.

Read our conversation below.

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Watch the New Trailer for Michaela Coel's Upcoming Show 'I May Destroy You'

The highly-anticipated show, which tackles dating and sexual consent, is coming to HBO next month.