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Learn to Sing Nigeria’s Old National Anthem: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Nigeria We Hail Thee by Lilian Jean Williams
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Learn to Sing Nigeria Old National Anthem: A Step-by-Step Guide.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives advanced a bill to its second reading, proposing a return to Nigeria’s old national anthem. Read Nigeria, We Hail Thee: Reps pass Bill to revert to old national anthem

In presenting the bill, its sponsor, Julius Ihonvbere, highlighted the importance of patriotism and nationalism as the core reasons for his proposal.

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“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was the national anthem from 1960, the year of Nigeria’s independence, until it was replaced by “Arise, O Compatriots” in 1978.

The lyrics of “Nigeria We Hail Thee” were written by Lilian Jean Williams in 1959, with the music composed by Frances Berda in the same year.

Nigeria Old National Anthem: Nigeria We Hail Thee. 

Step 1: Understand the lyrics

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The anthem’s lyrics, written by Lilian Jean Williams in 1959, evoke a sense of national pride and unity. It begins with the lines:

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve,
Our sovereign Motherland.

 

Step 2: Learn the melody

You can listen to recordings of the anthem to familiarise yourself with the melody or use sheet music to follow along.

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Step 3: Sing along

Start by singing the anthem slowly, focusing on getting the pronunciation and melody right.

Step 4: Reflect on the meaning

For example, the anthem’s final stanza reflects on the nation’s aspirations for peace, prosperity, and equality:

O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

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Below is the full anthem:

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood, we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve,
Our sovereign Motherland.

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Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

Nigeria Old National Anthem ” Nigeria We Hail Thee”  audio. 

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