June 12, 2013 – Nigeria’s National Anthem Writer, Benedict Odiase Is Dead
The man who wrote the Nigeria’s National Anthem, Mr Benedict Odiase has died.
We learnt he died of natural causes on Tuesday June 11th, 2013 at his home while sleeping.
He was the man who wrote and composed the now popular Arise O Compatriots on May 14th, year 1978.
In 1992, he retired from the Nigerian Police Band as the director of music.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
In his honour below is the lyrics of the National Anthem he composed… Listen to the anthem after the lyrics.
Nigerian National Anthem, Arise O Compatriots Lyrics
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
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.
Below is a beautiful rendition of the Nigerian National Anthem by songstress Tiwa Savage