South Sudan Oyee!

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South Sudan Oyee!
English: South Sudan Hurrah!
National Hymn of South Sudan

National anthem of  South Sudan
Lyrics Unknown, 2012
Music Students and teachers of Juba University, 2011[1]
Adopted 9 July 2011; 7 years ago (2011-07-09)

"South Sudan Oyee!" is the national anthem of South Sudan. The anthem was selected by the South Sudan National Anthem Committee[citation needed] of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement[2] following the launch of a competition to find a national anthem in August 2010. This preceded the independence referendum in January 2011 that led to South Sudan becoming a sovereign state on 9 July 2011.[3] "Oyee!" is an equivalent of "Hurrah!"[1]


South Sudan Oyee!

Oh God
We praise and glorify You
For Your grace on South Sudan,
The land of great abundance
Uphold us united in peace and harmony.
Oh Motherland
We rise raising flag with the guiding star
And sing songs of freedom with joy;
For justice, liberty and prosperity
Shall forever more reign.
Oh great warriors
Let us stand up in silence and respect,
Saluting our martyrs whose blood
Cemented our national foundation,
We vow to protect our nation.
Oh God, bless South Sudan!




The committee received 49 entries for the anthem.[5] The working title was "Land of Kush". A competition was held on live television in 2010.[6]

The winning music was composed by students and teachers of Juba University's[1][6] The Music Department was led by an Arab originally from the north.[who?]

The original version was drafted by Achier Deng Akol in 2005, following the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, when it became clear that South Sudan may become independent. This original version, entitled South Sudan Oyee underwent a lot of improvement via specialised committees headed by the SPLA General Malak Awien and former Minister of Information of South Sudan Dr. Barnaba Martial Benjamin.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Martell, Peter (11 January 2011). "A song for south Sudan: Writing a new national anthem". BBC News. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  2. ^ "South Sudan Oyee!". Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  3. ^ "Southern Sudan prepares own anthem ahead of referendum". BBC News. 6 August 2010.
  4. ^ "State Symbols". Government of the Republic of South Sudan. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  5. ^ Tor, Gabriel M. (12 November 2010), South Sudan National Anthem - "The Land Of Cush", Talk of Sudan, archived from the original on 16 July 2011
  6. ^ a b South Sudan: South Sudan Oyee!,, retrieved 7 November 2012
 7. Achier Deng Akol, South Sudan Oyee, Beautiful South Sudan; The Heart of Africa, 2010

External links

  • First, second and third placed entries for the national anthem competition on YouTube on live TV
  • Five anthem competition entries on YouTube on live TV
  • South Sudan National Anthem (MP3 audio file) played by the United States Navy Band

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