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, 1978
Music Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of B. E. Odiasse, 1978
Adopted 1978; 40 years ago (1978)
Audio sample
"Arise, O Compatriots" (instrumental)

"Arise, O Compatriots" is the national anthem of Nigeria. It was adopted in the late 1970s and is the country's second ever national anthem.

History[edit]

It was adopted in 1978 and replaced the previous national 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[edit]

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 where peace
And justice shall reign

Lyrics in Hausa[edit]

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[edit]

Bilie nu ndi ala anyi
Irubere oku Nigeria isi
Ije ozi ala nna anyi
Na ifunanya na ike na okwukwe,
Olu ndi dike anyi gara aga
Agaghiabu ihe efu,
Ije ozi n' obi n' ike n'okwukwe
Otu ala jikolu onu na nnwere onwe
Udo na ịdị n'otu.

Lyrics in Yoruba[edit]

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[edit]

The Nigerian pledge of allegiance is recited immediately after the playing of the Nigerian national anthem: It was written by Professor (Mrs.) Felicia Adebola Adedoyin in 1976.

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[edit]

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

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