National Anthem of Nigeria
Arise, O compatriots,
Nigeria's call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labor of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom,
Peace and unity.
Oh God of creation,
Direct our noble cause
Guide our leaders right
Help our youths the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace
And justice shall reign.
The national anthem of Nigeria begins with these words glorifying the country with its rich vibrant culture and heritage. The patriotic fervor finds the best expression through the national anthem because the song takes into account the historical past as well as the aims and aspirations of the future generation. The significance of the national anthem of Nigeria lies in the fact that it binds all the Nigerians into one chord even if they reside in far off lands.
Historical facts indicate that the first national anthem of Nigeria was adopted on 1960 and the lyrics were written by Miss Williams, a British national. Later in the subsequent years, in 1978 particularly the then National Publicity Committee of Nigeria organized a competition for a new national song. However, in this contest some winners were picked up for their excellent composition. They were--- John A Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B A Ogunnaike, Sota Omoigui and P. O. Aderibigbe. The music of the present day national anthem of Nigeria was composed by Nigerian Police Band, guided by Ben Odiase. Since Nigeria was a British colony, thus before the achievement of the independence of the country the British national song was sung and performed at popular national festivals and ceremonies.
The national song of Nigeria serves as a national call for all Nigerians to serve their motherland with love and compassionate fervor. It also recalls the past history of the land especially the sacrifice of the national heroes of the country during the struggle for independence of the country. In this respect, the blessings of the lord are prayed for so as to guide the nation towards prosperity whilst ushering an era of peace in the country.
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