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Why new national anthem is better than old one

The national anthems of Nigeria serve as powerful symbols of the nation’s identity, values, and aspirations.

The transition from the old anthem to the new one reflects shifts in focus and sentiment, capturing the evolving spirit of the Nigerian people.

Below, we explore the key differences between the two anthems, highlighting how each encapsulates the unique themes and ideals of its time.

The old and new national anthems of Nigeria reflect different themes and sentiments, highlighting the evolution of national identity and values over time.

Old National Anthem

1. Opening Line:

   – “Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey”

   – Calls for action and unity among compatriots.

2. Focus on Heroes:

   – “The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”

   – Emphasizes honoring past heroes and their contributions.

3. Guidance and Growth:

   – “Help our youth the truth to know, in love and honesty to grow”

   – Focuses on the growth and moral development of the youth.

4. Unity and Justice:

   – “To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign”

   – Stresses the importance of peace, justice, and unity.

5. Overall Theme:

   – A call to service, unity, and national pride, with a strong focus on the contributions of past heroes and the moral development of future generations.

New National Anthem

1. Opening Line:

   – “Nigeria we hail thee, Our own dear native land”

   – Expresses a sense of pride and affection for the homeland.

2. Unity Despite Diversity:

   – “Though tribe and tongue may differ, In brotherhood we stand”

   – Highlights unity in diversity.

3. Symbolism of the Flag:

   – “Our flag shall be a symbol that truth and justice reign”

   – Uses the flag as a symbol of national values.

4. Legacy for Future Generations:

   – “To hand on to our children a banner without stain”

   – Focuses on leaving a positive legacy for future generations.

5. Prayer for National Prosperity:

   – “O God of all creation, Grant this our one request, Help us to build a nation where no man is oppressed”

   – Seeks divine assistance in building a just and prosperous nation.

6. Overall Theme:

   – Emphasizes pride in the nation, unity in diversity, justice, and a commitment to future generations, with a strong appeal to divine guidance.


– The old anthem is more focused on action, service, and honoring past heroes, while promoting moral growth and unity.

– The new anthem emphasizes pride in the nation, unity despite differences, the symbolic importance of the flag, and a commitment to justice and future generations, with an overarching request for divine guidance.


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