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Step-by-step Guide To Singing Old National Anthem As Reps Seek Its Return (Video)

Last week Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill for a second reading, proposing a return to the old national anthem.

In leading the debate on the general principles of the bill, its sponsor, Julius Ihonvbere, emphasised the importance of patriotism and nationalism as the foundation for his proposal.

The “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” anthem was used from 1960 when Nigeria gained independence, until it was replaced by “Arise, O Compatriots” in 1978.

Lilian Jean Williams wrote the lyrics for Nigeria’s previous national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” in 1959, while Frances Berda composed the music for the anthem during the same year

Step 1: Understand the lyrics

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.

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.

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.

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.

Watch video below to get the melody:

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