Thursday, 13 June 2013

Nigeria National Anthem composer Pa Benedict Odiase dies

The composer of  Nigeria’s National Anthem, Pa Benedict Elise Odiase  has reportedly died in his sleep at his Oregun home in Lagos, early Yesterday morning.

As the director of music of the Nigerian Police band, he composed the national anthem,  Arise O Compatriots” in May 1978. He retired in 1992 as a Deputy Commissioner of Police.

The new anthem “Arise, O Compatriots” replaced the older one “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”
The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.

May his soul Rest In Peace!

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