Arise, O Compatriots

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Arise, O Compatriots
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National anthem of  Nigeria
LyricsJohn A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B. A. Ogunnaike, Sota Omoigui and P. O. Aderibigbe, 1978
MusicNigerian Police Band under the directorship of B. E. Odiasse, 1978
Adopted1978; 41 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.
O God of creation,
direct our noble cause
Guide 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]

Lyrics in Igbo[edit]

Bilie nu ndi ala anyi
Za oku Nigeria
Ije ozi ala nna anyi
N’ike, n’ihunanya;
K’olu ndi-dike anyi luru
Ghara i bu ih’efu,
Ife n'obi n'ike
Otu obodo nwe onwe ya
Di n’otu n’udo.

Verse 2

Chukwu ony’okike:

Kwado echich’oma anyi,

Duzie ndi n’achi anyi,

Zi umu anyi eziokwu;

Ito na nkwuba-aka oto

N’ibi ndu zir’ezi,

Itur’ugo n’ezie

N’iwu obodo eb’udo

N’ez’ikpe gachi.

Lyrics in Yoruba[edit]

Dide eyin ara
Waa je ipe Naijiria
K'a fife sin 'le wa
Pel'okun at'igbagbo
Kise awon akoni wa,
ko mase ja s'asan
K'a sin t'okan tara
Ile t'ominira,at'al aafia
So d'okan
Olorun Eleda
To ipa ona wa
F'ona han asaaju
K'odo wa m'otito
K'ododo at'ife po sii
K'aye won je pipe
So won d'eni giga
K'alafia oun eto le
Joba ni 'le wa
Mo se ileri fun Orile-Ede mi Naijiria,
Lati je olododo, eniti o see f'okan tan
Ati olotito eniyan
Lati sin in pelu gbogbo agbara mi,
Lati sa ipa mi gbogbo fun isokan re
Ati lati gbe e ga fun iyi ati ogo re.
Ki Olorun ran mi l'owo

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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