Happy Independence Nigeria: National Anthem in Yoruba and Hausa

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Today is Nigeria’s independence day!

This is a birthday worth celebrating. Despite all the negativity, Nigeria is home. To celebrate the freedom we enjoy as Nigerians, here are the lyrics to the national anthem.

ENGLISH

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

YORUBA

Dide eyin ara .
Wa je-pe Naijiria,
ka fife sin ‘lewa
pelu okun ati ‘gbagbo
Ki ise awon akoni wa
ko ma se ja sa-san,
Ka sin tokan-tara
ile tominira wa,
alafia so-dokan.
Second Stanza
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.

HAUSA

Yaku ‘yan Nijeriya ku farka;
Ku amsa kiran Nijeriya;
Domin mu taimaki ƙasarmu ta haihuwa;
Don aiki ga ƙasata cikin soyayya da riƙon gaskiya;
Domin gudumawar da shuwagabaninmu ‘yan kishin ƙasa suka bada;

kada ta zama a banza;
Muyi aiki da zuciya ɗaya da girmamawa a gareta;
Domin ta kasance ƙasa ɗaya mai yanci ga kowa tare da haɗin
kai da zaman lafiya.

Interesting facts:

Arise, O Compatriots” is the national anthem of Nigeria. It was adopted in 1978 and replaced the previous anthem, Nigeria, We Hail Thee. The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest. The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict E. Odiase.

 

 

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