Arise, O Compatriots

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Arise, O Compatriots
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National anthem of  Nigeria
Lyrics John A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B. A. Ogunnaike, Sota Omoigui and P. O. Aderibigbe
Music Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of B. E. Odiasse
Adopted 1978
Audio sample
"Arise, O Compatriots" (instrumental)

"Arise, O Compatriots" is the national anthem of Nigeria.

History

It was adopted in 1978 and replaced the previous anthem, "Nigeria, We Hail Thee".[1]

The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest. The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict E. Odiase. Though it has two verses, usually the first is only sung on most occasions.

English lyrics

Arise, O compatriots
Nigeria's call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labour 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 thou our leaders right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation wherein peace
And justice reigns

Lyrics in Hausa

Yaku 'yan Nijeriya ku farka;
Ku amsa kiran Nijeriya;
Domin mu taimaki ƙasarmu ta haihuwa;
Don aiki ga ƙasata cikin soyayya da riƙon gaskiya;
Domin gudumawar da shuwagabaninmu 'yan kishin ƙasa suka bada;
kada ta zama a banza;
Muyi aiki da zuciya ɗaya da girmamawa a gareta;
Domin ta kasance ƙasa ɗaya mai yanci ga kowa tare da haɗin kai da zaman lafiya.

Lyrics in Igbo

Bilie nu Umunne,
Nigeria oku rubere,
Iji na-eje ozi anyị nna,
Na ịhụnanya na ike na okwukwe,
The ọrụ anyị dike gara aga,
Agaghi-abụ ihe efu,
Iji na-eje ozi na obi na idi-ike,
Otu mba kee onwe,
Udo na ịdị n'otu.

Lyrics in Yoruba

Dide eyin ara .
Wa je-pe Naijiria,
ka fife sin 'lewa
pelu okun ati 'gbagbo
Ki ise awon akoni wa
ko ma se ja sa-san,
Ka sin tokan-tara
ile tominira wa,
ti alafia so-dokan.

National Pledge

The Nigerian pledge of allegiance is recited immediately after the playing of the Nigerian national anthem:

I pledge to Nigeria my country.
To be faithful, loyal and honest.
To serve Nigeria with all my strength.
To defend her unity, and uphold her honour and glory.
So help me God.

References

  1. ^ "Nigeria's National Anthem Composer, Pa Ben Odiase, Dies". Gazelle News. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  • Nigerian National Anthem And Pledge - Nairaland

External links

  • Nigeria: Arise, O Compatriots - Audio of the national anthem of Nigeria, with information and lyrics
  • The Consulate General of Nigeria, New York. USA
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