By RahmanTaofeeq
Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was adopted as Nigeria’s first national anthem on October 1, 1960.The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence.Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

The second national anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” replaced “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” in 1978.

On May 23, 2024, the House of Representatives passed a bill to revert from the current anthem to Nigeria, We Hail Thee.

Lyrics

Nigeria we hail thee

Our own dear native land

Though tribes and tongue may differ

In brotherhood we stand

Nigerians all, are 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 shall be blessed.

source: Wikipedia