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Videos Of Pupils Reciting Reintroduced National Anthem Go Viral

Posted by Samuel on Thu 30th May, 2024 - tori.ng

The old national anthem adopted from 1960 to 1988 used the theme ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee’ while the version used from 1978 to early 2024 was titled ‘Arise, O Compatriots’.

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Social media is abuzz with videos of primary school pupils in Nigeria reciting the recently reintroduced national anthem.

The old national anthem adopted from 1960 to 1988 used the theme ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee’ while the version used from 1978 to early 2024 was titled ‘Arise, O Compatriots’.

The lyrics of the old anthem were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate, and composed by another Briton, Frances Berda.

Benedict Odiase, a Nigerian, composed the national anthem adopted in 1978.

On May 23, the house of representatives speedily passed the bill while the senate also did the same during a public hearing on Tuesday.

President Bola Tinubu signed the bill on the reintroduction of the old national anthem on Wednesday.

Although the development stirred reactions on social media, some videos of pupils reciting the national anthem at their schools on Thursday morning have begun to go viral.

In one footage, pupils of Justice and Peace Primary School in Ogbere-Ijebu, Ogun state, were captured reciting the first stanza of the ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee’ anthem.

In another clip, students of an unidentified primary school could be seen singing the reintroduced anthem at the top of their voices.

Another video shows a school playing a recording of the national anthem during their morning assembly.



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