Thursday, 1 October 2015

EVERGREEN TUNES : Nigerian National Anthem

As we celebrate the independence of our great country Nigeria today 1st October, 2015, we remember the name of great Nigerians that fought for the freedom of our country from our colonial masters. Names like Herbert Macaulay, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and many others come to fore.
However, we should also give kudos too to the unsung greats that have left for us Legacies that have been passed down from generations to another.
Children all over the country would be fully decked in the National regalia of GREEN,WHITE,GREEN matching in the sun and basking in the pride of the independence of our great fatherland.
One tune is so sure to be hummed or sung at the top of their voices and that is the NATIONAL ANTHEM.
The tune which was composed and adopted in 1978 to replace the former National Anthem: NIGERIA, WE HAIL THEE, was first arranged and performed by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of B.E Odiase.
The unsung heroes who together composed the National call and prayer include John A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B.A Ogunnaike, Sota Omogui and P.O Aderibigbe.
The intresting fact is that the song and lyrics in composition,writing,scoring and all was a joint effort of different people from different tribes and tongues just like the diversity of the country Nigeria.
Let us take a little time and go through the lyrics and feel the richness of the evergreen and important brand identity of our great country, NIGERIA:

Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey
To serve our father-land
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 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.
Many artistes have rendered this tune nicely and even our beloved home grown legend 2face Idibia dropped a single this morning.
As you listen... Mediate on the lyrics and enjoy the INDEPENDENCE...
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