In the song Paper Planes, there's a passage as quoted below.

My name is Olushola, I just got off my visa
I live everyday like it's the first of October

I wonder what the significance of the 1st of October is. What does it mean to live like it's 1st of October and where does that expression originate?


Among many other things, October 1 is Nigeria's Independence Day, marking Nigeria's independence from British colonial rule in 1960. This is a day of celebration, so "living every day like it's the 1st of October" suggests the speaker likes to party, or to treat each day as a celebration of life.

Another line from this remix of the song supports this:

I'm fresh from Lagos, fresh from Nigeria

Olushola is also a common male name in much of western Africa.

"Party like it's (time)" appears to have originated in Prince's 1982 song 1999 which contains the lyrics "party like it's 1999," referencing the massive turn-of-the-millennium celebrations anticipated at the time.

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    It is worth noting that, outside of the Nigerian community, the significance of the first of October isn't known, and so most native speakers of English would not recognise this reference. – James K Nov 16 '19 at 18:30
  • Hahaha, OMG, I'm so dumb. I had guessed before asking here that it might be a reference to a national holiday so I got 3rd of August as the Day of Independence. It's correct for Niger and I thought the guy sang fresh from Niger, yeah. Now that I read the lyrics properly again (and have read your answer), it's so obvious... – Konrad Viltersten Nov 16 '19 at 19:35

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