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Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Gbamchuks: 3:44am On May 30
Meet Lillian Jean Williams, British woman who wrote ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’ (Full lyrics)

President Bola Tinubu signed the bill to revert to the old national anthem, ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’, as part of the constitutional provisions to make it a law on Wednesday.

The Senate and the House of Representatives previously passed the legislation to swap the national anthem from “Arise, O Compatriots” to “Nigeria, We Hail Thee” at separate sittings.

Nigeria We Hail Thee’ was adopted on Independence Day, 1 October 1960, but it was dropped in 1978 by the then-military administration of Olusegun Obasanjo.

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” adopted as the country’s first national anthem upon gaining independence from Britain in 1960, has been readopted.

The younger generation may need to become more familiar with the story behind the newly readopted anthem and the women behind the lyrics and composition.

Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence, wrote the anthem’s lyrics in 1959, while Frances Berda composed the music around the same period.

The federal government launched a contest to compose an anthem, offering a prize of £1,000, which Ms Berda, a ballet musician, won.

Earlier, Ms Willians had won a separate prize for writing the anthem lyrics.

The late famous South African literary icon Ezekiel Mphahlele detailed the intrigues behind the adoption of ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’ as an anthem in an article titled ‘Nigeria on the Eve of Independence in Africa Today’ published in September 1960.

Among other details, he revealed that Nigerians criticised the choice of both women as the authors and composers of the anthems.

“In the name of independence, the winning entries should have been chosen from the 500 entries that came from Nigerians themselves. Others again argued that the music should have been composed first and then the lyrics fitted to it instead of the other way round,” Mr Mphahlele’s article partly read.

The famed author, a former Drum Magazine reporter, lectured at the University College (now University of Ibadan).

The anthem was eventually adopted and used on 1 October 1960 to celebrate Nigeria’s independence.

Nigeria We Hail Thee (lyrics)

Nigeria, we hail thee.

Our own dear native land

Though tribes and tongues 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 honoured,

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.


Arise O Compatriots

‘Nigeria we hail thee’ was later dropped because it was British-brewed and did not include any Nigerian input.

In 1978, John A. Ilechukwu, Eme Etim Akpan, Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, O Sota Omoigui and P. O. Aderibigbe wrote the lyrics of the second anthem ‘Arise O Compatriots’.

In 1990, the Nigerian police band, under the directorship of B. E. Odiasse, composed the music for the second National anthem.

The second anthem has been in use since 1978, or 48 years, making it Nigeria’s longest-serving anthem.

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by columbus007(m): 6:49am On May 30
So na you?

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by sulakishop(m): 7:30am On May 30
We always prefer foreign stuffs. What happen to the Nigerian made anthem

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Verbtips(m): 9:36am On May 30
sulakishop:
We always prefer foreign stuffs. What happen to the Nigerian made anthem
we are not patriotic

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by AKWATGOLD1(m): 9:47am On May 30
By adopting this national anthem implies that my father's land cannot be broken from the shackles of Nigeria slave master.

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by richard870(m): 11:04am On May 30
Now, the britons will be extremely happy that we still haven't gotten the said "independence"

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by CodeTemplar: 11:04am On May 30
Stupid lyrics.

Hailing a contraption that's never had a forward trajectory.

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by AntiChristian: 11:05am On May 30
I no dey learn any anthem again!

Arise o compassion don do me! grin

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by MissOpe(f): 11:05am On May 30
If I say that Oyinbo (white people) are ahead of us in many areas, they'll accuse me of having an inferiority complex. But deep down, they know that Africans, especially Nigerians, have achieved little without the inventions and innovations of white people. Some Yoruba people ( I'm a Yoruba mama) will boast about their rich culture and traditions, but let's be real, what has our culture and tradition done for us? Even they have abandoned their traditional religious practices to adopt those of the white man.

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by AbuTwins: 11:05am On May 30
The lyrics of the new anthem sure shows our diversity and spurs to service and hardwork!

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Antoeni(m): 11:05am On May 30
If you Try and don't Succeed, change the Anthem.

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Hndrrxxx(m): 11:05am On May 30
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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Newlymarried(f): 11:05am On May 30
Nigeria my country

So na to change national anthem na him be part solution for our country. Misplaced Priority

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by TheClassic1(m): 11:05am On May 30
We're getting there gradually grin grin grin
Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by StOla: 11:05am On May 30
As we Nigerians adopted it on merit after a selection process made by a Nigerian committee, it ushered in a new and independent Nigeria.

I only hope that our leaders can return us to that independent but old Nigeria, that will be prosperous and attract the contribution of the best minds from around the world.

Our brain drain should be reverted to a brain gain.
Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by CodeTemplar: 11:06am On May 30
Antoeni:
If you Try and don't Succeed, change the Anthem.
after paying N90Bn to religious stoners abi?

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by igwebuike01: 11:06am On May 30
Yorubas lack native intelligence

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Akwamkpuruamu: 11:06am On May 30
Nothing justifies this rubbish anthem at a time like this.
. It's shameful that prof Gbajue have gone deaf and dumb after one year of saying he will assess Ebola leadership after one year.

Grey hairs without honor, in keeping to your words is a disgrace of epic proportion

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Gbadugbakun(m): 11:07am On May 30
grin
Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by victorazy(m): 11:07am On May 30
Ok
Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by EngrchidiG25(m): 11:07am On May 30
We move
One problem solved
More to go

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Beremx(f): 11:07am On May 30
Nonsense and national anthem at a time Nigerians are hungry.

Tinubu, you failed Nigerians one more time

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by FeliciaOja(f): 11:08am On May 30
Ok
Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Sholaco: 11:08am On May 30
The bill, sponsored by the House Leader Julius Ihonvbere (APC, Edo)
Among numerous challenges in Edo state.

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Antoeni(m): 11:08am On May 30
Nigerians Can Now See The Level of Tinubu Senseless & Insensitivity
Antoeni:
If you Try and don't Succeed, change the Anthem.

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by medropoly(m): 11:08am On May 30
Of all the problems in this country,. Na national anthem dey wan tackle.

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by oxygeng: 11:08am On May 30
where is she now?
Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Sapiens3: 11:09am On May 30
grin

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Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by Babangidapikin: 11:09am On May 30
No be only British Brew ...
Re: Profile: Lillian Jean William, British Woman Who Wrote Nigeria's National Anthem by occfx: 11:09am On May 30
Gbamchuks:


https://www.premiumtimesng.com/entertainment/naija-fashion/698860-meet-lillian-jean-williams-british-woman-who-wrote-nigeria-we-hail-thee-full-lyrics.html

Country was named by a woman after hot steaming sexx with his boyfriend, then another woman writes the national anthem after giving head to one idiot and we are defending it with AK47. Blackman is something else

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