National Anthem of Nigeria

National Anthem of Nigeria & pledge

Arise, O compatriots,
Nigeria’s call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labor 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 youths 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.


The national anthem of Nigeria serves as a call for all Nigerians to serve their motherland with love and compassionate fervor. It also recalls the past history of the land especially the sacrifice of the national heroes of the country during the struggle for independence of the country. In this respect, the blessings of the lord are prayed for so as to guide the nation towards prosperity whilst ushering an era of peace in the country.

The composer of Nigerian national anthem was Pa Benedict Odiase, who passed away in 2013. He has written the music for the hymn, but not the lyrics. During the history of Nigerian independence, the anthem was changed and replaced with the new one. Let us take a look at its history and at the persons who have written it.

National Anthem of Nigeria & pledge

Pa Benedict Odiase was the composer of Nigeria national anthem. Nigerian hymn lyrics were put together by five personalities and one of them is Dr. Sota Omoigui.

Here is a complete list of the people, whose lyrics and music have become the part of this great song:

  • John A. Ilechukwu
  • Dr. Sota Omoigui
  • Eme Etim Akpan
  • B. A. Ogunnaike
  • P. O. Aderibigbe
  • Pa Benedict Odiase (the composer)


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