Niger National Anthem

Anthem History

name: "La Nigerienne" (The Nigerien)

lyrics/music: Maurice Albert THIRIET/Robert JACQUET and Nicolas Abel Francois FRIONNET

note: adopted 1961

Anthem Lyrics

La Nigerienne



FRENCH Lyrics


Auprès du grand Niger puissant


Qui rend la nature plus belle,


Soyons fiers et reconnaissants


De notre liberté nouvelle!


Evitons les vaines querelles


Afin d'épargner notre sang,


Et que les glorieux accents


De notre race soit sans tutelle!


S'élève dans un même élan


Jusqu'à ce ciel éblouissant,


Où veille son âme éternelle


Qui fera le pays plus grand!

CHORUS:


Debout! Niger! Debout!


Que notre oeuvre féconde


Rajeunisse le coeur de ce vieux continent!


Et que ce chant s'entende


Aux quatre coins du monde


Comme le cri d'un peuple équitable et vaillant!


Debout! Niger! Debout!


Sur le sol et sur l'onde,


Au son des tam-tams


Dans leur rythme grandissant,


Restons unis toujours,


Et que chacun réponde


A ce noble avenir


Qui nous dit: - En avant!

Anthem Lyrics English

Throughout great powerful Niger


Which makes nature more beautiful,


Let us be proud and grateful


Of our new freedom!


Let us avoid vain quarrels


In order to spare ourselves bloodshed,


and may the glorious voices


Of our race be free of domination!


Let us rise in a single leap


As high as the dazzling sky,


Where stands guard its eternal soul


Which will make the country greater!

CHORUS:


Arise! Niger! Arise!


May our fruitful labors


Rejuvinate the heart of this old continent!


And may the song be heard


In the four corners of the Earth


As the cry of a fair and valliant people!


Arise! Niger! Arise!


On the ground and on the wave,,


To the sound of the drums


In their growing rythms


Let us always remain united,


And may each one respond


To this noble future


Which tells us: - Go forward!

Niger Flag

Niger Flag

Flag History The orange represents the Sahara Desert, with the white being a symbol of purity and innocence. The orange disc represent s the sun and symbolizes the sacrifices made by the people, their firm commitment and their determination to defend human rights and justice. The green is a symbol of hope and represents the fertile and productive zone of Niger.
Flag Date of Adoption 23 November 1959
Flag Symbolism three equal horizontal bands of orange (top), white, and green with a small orange disk centered in the white band; the orange band denotes the drier northern regions of the Sahara; white stands for purity and innocence; green symbolizes hope and the fertile and productive southern and western areas, as well as the Niger River; the orange disc represents the sun and the sacrifices made by the people

note: similar to the flag of India, which has a blue spoked wheel centered in the white band

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