Adekunle Gold, Odumodublvck, and Kate Henshaw are among the Nigerian celebrities who have reacted to the reintroduced national anthem.


The old national anthem adopted from 1960 to 1988 used the theme ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee’ while the version used from 1978 to early 2024 was titled ‘Arise, O Compatriots’.

The lyrics of the old anthem were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate, and composed by another Briton, Frances Benda.

Benedict Odiase, a Nigerian, composed the national anthem adopted in 1978.


On May 23, the house of representatives speedily passed the bill while the senate also did the same during a public hearing on Tuesday.

President Bola Tinubu signed the bill on the reintroduction of the old national anthem on Wednesday.

The development has however sparked a wave of reactions on social media with several Nigerians — including celebrities — registering their dissatisfaction.


Some celebrities described the move as a “misplaced priority”, arguing that the government should focus on pressing issues like insecurity, unemployment and economic instability.

“No one thought Timi Dakolo’s Great Nation makes a better anthem?” Adekunle Gold wrote.

“In the midst of excoriating hardship & lack of good governance on every level but not to worry going back to a colonial anthem will be a soothing balm and inject patriotism back into our veins, a much needed drug,” Kate Henshaw added.

“Dem for allow me dagger this national anthem. E never complete,” Odumodublvck also wrote.


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