Late Pa Benedict Odiase compose Nigeria current National Anthem “Arise O Compatriots” in May 1978 .Pa Benedict Odiase was born and raised in 1935 in the now defunct Bendel State (now split between present-day Edo State and Delta State.He then retired in 1992 as a Deputy Commissioner of Police after being the Director of Music with Nigeria Police Band.Arise, O Compatriots” replaced “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”. The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.Pa Benedict Odiase died from a short illness on June 12, 2013, at the age of 79.
Pa Benedict Odiase (1934 – June 12, 2013)
The National Anthem of Nigeria
Lyrics in English
- 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.
Lyrics in Yoruba
- Dide eyin ara .
- Wa je-pe Nigeria,
- ka fife sin-ilewa
- pelu okun ati igbagbo
- Ki ise awon akoni wa ko ma se ja sa-san,
- ka sin tokan-tara
- ile tominira wa,
- alafia so-dokan
Lyrics in Hausa
- Yaku ‘yan Nijeriya ku farka;
- Ku amsa kiran Nijeriya;
- Domin mu taimaki kasarmu ta haihuwa;
- Don aiki ga kasata cikin soyayya da rikon gaskiya;
- Domin gudumawar da shuwagabaninmu ‘yan kishin kasa suka bada;
- kada ta zama a banza;
- Muyi aiki da zuciya daya da girmamawa a gareta;
- Domin ta kasance kasa daya mai yanci ga kowa tare da hadin kai da zaman lafiya
Lyrics in Igbo
- Kulienu umunem,
- Nigeria na akpo oku zaa ya,
- Ife ala nna anyi
- Jide ihunnaya, ike na okwukwe,
- Olu ndi nna anyi luru na ngbe garaaga,
- Ogaghi abu ihe efu,
- Ife ala nna anyi, jide obi sirike na ike,
- Otu obodo juputara na nwere onwe, udo na idi na otu.
- The National Pledge
- 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.
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