A TALE OF TWO ANTHEMS


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Have you ever wondered the significance of a national anthem? I mean every country has one, so it must be pretty important right!

WHAT'S IN AN ANTHEM?

A National anthem is;

-A patriotic hymn or song adopted by a nation for use on public or state occasions

- Collins Dictionary

A national anthem is generally a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions, and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation's government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people.

- Wikipedia

So, from the definitions above, a national anthem is simply a song sung by people of common origin in respect for their history and identity.

We'll be comparing the anthems of France and Nigeria. They say, you can tell a lot about a nation through their anthem, lets take an in depth study of the two.




To tell the story of the Nigerian anthem, we have to start at the very beginning. ''Arise Oh Compatriots'' we sing today, wasn't always the sung anthem, there was one before it called ''Nigeria we hail thee'' NIGERIA WE HAIL THEE

Nigeria we hail thee,

Our own dear native land,

Though tribe 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,