Nigeria’s Old and New National Anthem

Ben Odiase
Ben Odiase

The old national anthem of Nigeria was composed by Miss L.J Willams from Britain in 1960. But it was later replaced by a new one in 1978 which was written by an assistant Commissioner of police Mr Benedict Odiase and was introduce on the 1st of October, 1978.

by Miss L.J Williams

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians are all 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.

by Mr Benedict Odiase

Arise, O compatriots,
Nigeria’s call obey
To serve our Fatherland
With love and strength an faith.
The labour of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain,
To serve with hearth and might,
One nation bound in freedom, Peace and unity.

O God of all creation
Direct our noble course
Guide our leaders right
Help our youths the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty height attain
To build the nation where peace
And justice shall reign.

This is the current National Anthem which The Republic of Nigeria is still using till date.


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Read the Speech by the Governor General of Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard (Amalgamation Proclamation of 1914) on January 1, 1914.


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