The First National Anthem In Nigeria Lyrics
This is the first national anthem in Nigeria. The Lyrics of the first Nigerian National Anthem is really important due to reference purposes and for general knowledge sake. The Nigerian National Anthem which was first used was composed just after colonial rule by great Britain to unite every Nigerian and give each Nigerian an identity, a source of pride.
Great Britain, having successfully entered into the Nigerian space, colonized Nigeria, but during the whole period of colonialism, it was the passion of every Nigerian under colonial rule to gain freedom, independence if you may. And instead of doing nothing about their freedom, the Nigerian founding fathers rallied round and clamored for support from every single Nigerian for the independence of the Nigerian, so Nigeria in October 1960 became independent of Great Britain and as such, there was a need to have an identity independent of that of Britain and this identity came in the form of our first national anthem.
The first national anthem in Nigeria is “Nigeria, We Hail Thee”. It unified every person in Nigeria and The lyrics of the first Nigerian National anthem was written by Lillian Jean Williams, a Briton who still lived in Nigeria post-independence. This anthem lasted from 1960-1978.
Below is the lyrics of “Nigeria, we hail Thee”, the first national anthem ever in Nigeria.
Nigeria, we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all are proud to serve
Our sovereign native land.
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,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppresses,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigerians may be blessed.
The music for “Nigeria, we hail Thee” was composed by Frances Berda. The first Nigerian National Anthem was replaced by “Arise, O Compatriots” in 1978 which was composed by Benedict Odiase.