(+Lyrics + meaning + translation) Music review: Nwoke oma by Chike

What is the song “Nwoke oma,” by Chike all about?

Nwoke Oma is an Igbo word in Nigeria. When translated to English means, Goodman. 

In the song, the artist emphasizes the recognition, respect, and association one gets once he or she becomes successful, but never gets all these when struggling. 

He says people are ignored and left alone to struggle for themselves, but when things become rosy for them, those that had shunned them now start associating with them.

In essence, money turns things and the world around. If you have money, your face will suddenly appear bolder and your voice louder even if it is the opposite. People will see nothing wrong in your action, even if it is wrong, and still call you a good man which translates to “Nwoke Oma,” in Igbo. Everything about you, perfect and imperfect will now become perfect to people.

In summary, people tend to love, praise and follow you what you are, and the money you have, and not who you are.

 Lyrics to “Nwoke Oma” by Chike

Intro

Beatzz

Chorus

When you dey hustle, you go dey all alone (When you are hustling, you will be alone.)

When you succeed, they go call you their own (When you succeed, they will call you their own.)

Na because you don dey for the throne ( It is because you are already on the throne.)

They dey call you nwoke oma (They call you a good man.)

 When you dey hustle, you go dey all alone (When you are hustling, you will be all alone.)

When you succeed, they go call you their own (When you succeed, they would call you their own.)

When they see say you dey for the throne (When they see you are on the throne.)

They go call you nwoke oma (They will call you a good man.)

Verse 1

You can never trust anybody

They only there for the money

Protect your soul and your body

No let anybody do you corny (Don’t let anybody act corny with you.)

Prechorus

When the raba steady coming (When the money starts coming steadily.)

Your name go dey touch ceiling (Your name will be touching the ceiling.)

Anything you do e go turn hailing (Whatever you do, you will always be hailed)

They go call you nwoke oma o, nwoke oma o (They would call you a good man.)

Chorus

When you dey hustle, you go dey all alone (When you are hustling, you will be alone.)

When you succeed, they go call you their own (When you succeed, they will call you their own.)

Na because you don dey for the throne ( It is because you are already on the throne.)

They dey call you nwoke oma (They call you a good man.)

When you dey hustle, you go dey all alone (When you are hustling, you will be all alone.)

When you succeed, they go call you their own (When you succeed, they would call you their own.)

Na because you don dey for the throne (It is because you are already on the throne.)

They dey call you nwoke oma (They are calling you a good man.)

Verse 2

 (Say) Now I know, now I know

 How it feels

 Only to be loved, for the things that you give

 Now I know, now I know

 How it feels

 Only to be there, for the things that you give

 Prechorus

When the raba steady coming (When the money starts coming steadily.)

Your name go dey touch ceiling (Your name will be touching the ceiling.)

Anything you do e go turn hailing (Whatever you do, you will always be hailed)

They go call you nwoke oma o, nwoke oma o (They would call you a good man.)

 Chorus

When you dey hustle, you go dey all alone (When you are hustling, you will be alone.)

When you succeed, they go call you their own (When you succeed, they will call you their own.)

Na because you don dey for the throne ( It is because you are already on the throne.)

They dey call you nwoke oma (They call you a good man.)

When you dey hustle, you go dey all alone (When you are hustling, you will be all alone.)

When you succeed, they go call you their own (When you succeed, they would call you their own.)

Na because you don dey for the throne (It is because you are already on the throne.)

They dey call you nwoke oma (They are calling you a good man.)

Verse 3

(Say) Now they treating me different

Oh, I know they are treating me different

And they showing me love

Taking me places

Telling everybody say we be friends (Telling everybody that we are friends)

Prechorus

Now the raba steady coming (Now the money has started coming steadily.)

My name go dey touch ceiling (My name will be touching the ceiling.)

Anything I do e go turn hailing (Whatever I do, will always be hailed)

They dey call me nwoke oma, I be nwoke oma o (They would call me a good man. I am a good man)

 Chorus

When you dey hustle, you go dey all alone (When you are hustling, you will be alone.)

When you succeed, they go call you their own (When you succeed, they will call you their own.)

Na because you don dey for the throne ( It is because you are already on the throne.)

They dey call you nwoke oma (They call you a good man.)

(Na the thing wey I see I dey talk) (It is what I have seen that I am talking about.)

When you dey hustle, you go dey all alone (When you are hustling, you will be all alone.)

When you succeed, they go call you their own (When you succeed, they would call you their own.)

Na because you don dey for the throne (It is because you are already on the throne.)

They dey call you nwoke oma (They are calling you a good man.)

Duration: 2 Minutes 46 seconds

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