Nigeria National Anthem

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Anthem History

adopted 1978; lyrics are a mixture of the five top entries in a national contest

Anthem Lyrics English

1. 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.

Nigeria Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 1 October 1960
Flag Symbolism The Nigerian National Flag, which is governed by the Flag and Coat-of-Arms Ordinance of 1960 is also the symbol of authority and instrument of state power. Next to Mother earth, it is the only National symbol worth dying for. It tells the history of a people and their aspirations.


The Nigerian National Flag is divided vertically into three equal parts. The central part is white and the two other parts are green. The green of the flag represents agriculture and the white Unity and Peace. The white is immaculate white and the emerald green is popularly known as the Nigerian Green.



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