4 Things You Should Know About The “Nigeria We Hail Thee” Anthem


Before the traditional “Arise O Compatriots” anthem, we had another anthem as a nation.

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Nigeria, we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all are proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.
Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.
O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

 

Well here are four things you should know about this old anthem:


1. It was used the original anthem played at independence

Image: Hub Pages

Image: Hub Pages

 

2. It was used for 18 years and at 1978, the new anthem was adopted

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Image: AmenSuperNews

 

3. It was written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria then and the music was composed by Frances Berda

Image: BuzzNigeria

Image: BuzzNigeria

 

4. The Daily Service and Egbe Omo Oduduwa started a rebellious campaign when the anthem was released.

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Image:dailypost.ng

 

Personally, I love this anthem a lot better. Listen to it here and tell us which you prefer!

 

You should check out these beautiful pictures of Nigeria back in the day.


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