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Nigeria: Our Muse

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INTRODUCING NIGERIA

inec_nigeriaNigeria is a country created in 1914 and independent in October 1, 1960. The name Nigeria was given by Flora Shaw, a British journalist also the wife of Lord Fredrick Luggard.

download (2)The Nigerian flag was designed by Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi in 1959. On the flag, the color white represents peace while the color Green represents Nigeria’s natural wealth.

images (2)The coat of arms was adopted May 20, 1960. It has a black shield with two white lines that form in a “Y” shape, two horses by the sides of the shield, a green and white band on the top of the shield, an eagle on top of the band and a patch of grass beneath them.

 

The current Nigerian National Anthem was adopted in 1978. The lyrics were written by John A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, B.A. Ogunnaike, Sota Omoigui and P.O. Aderibigbe, while the music was composed by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of B. E. Odiase.

ENGLISH

Stanza One: 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.

 

Stanza Two: O God of creation, direct our noble cause

Guide our leaders right

Help our youth 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 Pledge: I pledge to Nigeria my country

To be faithful, loyal and honest

To serve Nigeria with all my strength

To defend her unity, and uphold her honor and glory

So help me God.

 

HAUSA

Stanza One: Yaku ‘yan Nijeriya ku farka

Ku amsa kiran Nijeriya;

Domin mu taimaki kasarmu ta haihuwa;

Don aiki ga kasata cikin soyayya da rikon gaskiya;

Domin gudumawar da shuwagabaninmu ‘yan kishin kasa suka bada;

kada ta zama a banza;

Muyi aiki da zuciya daya da girmamawa a gareta;

Domin ta kasance kasa daya mai yanci ga kowa tare da hadin

kai da zaman lafiya.

 

IGBO

Stanza One: Bilie nu, O nwafor ibe m,

Nigeria na-akpo oku rube isi

Iji na-eje ozi n’ala nna anyi

Na ịhụnanya na ike na okwukwe.

Mbọ ndi dike anyi gara aga gbara

A gaghi ala n’iyi

Iji na-eje ozi na obi na ike

Ofu mba agbụ na nnwere onwe, udo na ịdị n’otu.

Stanza Two: O Chukwu okike

Tuzie mbọ anyị dị ezie

Duzie ndi ochichi anyị n’uzo ziri ezi

Nyere ndị ntorobịa anyị aka ima eziokwu

Ma too n’ịhụnanya na eziokwu

Ma bie ndụ n’ikwuakaọtọ na ezi

Ime ọfuma ka anyi chọrọ

Nakwa iwu obodo ebe ndokwa

Na ikpe nkwumọtọ ga-achi.

The Pledge: E kwere m Nigeria bu obodo m

Inwe okwukwe, iguzosi ike na inwe eziokwu

Iji ike m niile na-ejeru Nigeria ozi

Ichebe njiko ya, ma bulite ezi afa na ebube ya

Ya mere, nyere m aka Chineke.

 

YORUBA

Stanza One: Dide eyin ara

Waka je ipe Naijiria

K’a fife sin ‘le wa

Pel’okun at’igbagbo

Kise awon akoni wa,

ko mase ja s’asan

K’a sin t’okan tara

Ile t’ominira,at’al aafia

So d’okan
Stanza Two: Olorun Eleda

To ipa ona wa

F’ona han asaaju

K’odo wa m’otito

K’ododo at’ife po sii

K’aye won je pipe

So won d’eni giga

K’alafia oun eto le

Joba ni ‘le wa

 

The Pledge: Mo se ileri fun Orile-Ede mi Naijiria,

Lati je olododo, eniti o see f’okan tan

Ati olotito eniyan

Lati sin in pelu gbogbo agbara mi,

Lati sa ipa mi gbogbo fun isokan re

Ati lati gbe e ga fun iyi ati ogo re.

Ki Olorun ran mi l’owo

 

 

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