Hello beautiful people. Hope you had a fantastic weekend. Initially for today’s post, I was going to give another one of my “unconventional expos” for mothers and parents but then I came across something very interesting on NTA last night while watching the news and I thought to share it with you guys. Stay tuned on Wednesday for my expo 😉

On the network news last night, there was a segment where a reporter was giving a rundown of Nigeria’s National Symbols. She started off with the National Flag then proceeded to the Coat of Arms. It was when she started to speak of the most “popular” of all the National symbols of Nigeria, the National Anthem that she finally got my full attention.

Out of over 10 people interviewed for that report, only one of them could sing the National Anthem correctly.

Initially, while watching it, a hysterical laughter erupted in my living room but then it got me thinking “HOW MANY OF US (NIGERIANS) CAN ACTUALLY RECITE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM?”

And I mean “word for word” not “hum” the National Anthem.

Before I began to criticize, I took a second to make sure that I’m not as ignorant as the 10 people being embarrassingly interviewed on national/international television. And as pleasing as it made me, I am able to completely recite not only the 1st and 2nd Stanza of the National Anthem but also the former National Anthem that was used from independence in 1960 until 1978 – (all thanks to Kunle Afolayan’s October 1st movie). That scene where Miss Tawa was teaching the pupils how to recite Nigeria’s “new” National Anthem caught my attention and personally, I much prefer the tune of the old anthem to the new one. But then what do I know, I’m just a blogger 🙂

Back to the topic at hand…

While the report was going on, and people kept failing wholly, the reporter stated that the inability of people to recite the National Anthem correctly is due to a “lacuna in the Nigerian educational sector”.

Do I agree with that reporter, ABSOLUTELY!

A few days ago, I came across an article by a fellow blogger (The Naija Teacher) titled “If I were President of my country”. The author, if President would have a “one point” agenda focusing singularly on education. The author believes that changing the educational system in the country would decrease migration, improve the issue of electricity, water, bad roads, infrastructure, and health system, create job opportunities and consequently reduce poverty and thus corruption.

Now this leaves me wondering.

If a “blogger” who happens to also be a “teacher” can pretty much figure out the genesis of the Nigerian problem, how come our leaders, “great leaders” are acting blind and avoiding the key solution which is reforming the educational sector?

The Nigerian educational sector does not only need reforming but a complete revamp and restructure. Our people need to be enlightened and not just by anyone who couldn’t get a job then decided to become a teacher. But by highly qualified individuals who actually have knowledge to impact.

The challenges in Nigeria’s educational sector have persisted over the years that the current administration best believe they have a huge gap to fill in the educational sector by proffering a permanent solution to the problem so as to avoid the “deficit” lack of proper education brews.

I really wish every Nigerian could have watched this report on NTA last night. It was so bad and so embarrassing that these were supposedly “educated” Nigerians fooling themselves on television.

One of them started the National Anthem by saying “Nigeria Compatriot”. Really? Nigeria? I thought it was “Arise, O Compatriot”? Where did he get Nigeria?

Another burst out laughing when asked to recite the anthem and ran away to avoid disgracing himself I guess. Others were boldly singing the wrong lyrics with “pride” and a particular old lady was honest enough to admit she only knew how to sing the old National Anthem.

nija pixIt really is a shame that some if not most Nigerians cannot recite the National Anthem correctly. That is the foremost pledge of patriotism to our country even before the National Pledge and if we cannot recite it, it goes to show how disunited and disinterested we are of our nation Nigeria and that my dear readers goes a long way in explaining part of the challenges we face as a country.

I agree that Nigeria might not be the most put together country at the moment. But she is still my country and I am FIRST AND FOREMOST NIGERIAN and much so proud of this great nation.

Nigeria, We Hail Thee!

Can you recite the National Anthem?

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5 replies »

  1. They should not show their faces in public if they can’t recite the National anthem and yet they know the lyrics of all the current gbedu off heart. That is gross indiscipline! Education is the driver and backbone of any society. Unfortunately, our academic system is sick right now!


  2. First, I commend you for writing this post. Not for the content, but for how it got sparked. It is good habit to watch or listen to a discussion, and let it spark something within you.

    Now the topic – I know how to recite the national anthem because we recited it every morning on the assembly ground (primary school) and on the parade ground (secondary school – command). That being said, I would like to play devils advocate here so indulge me.
    Most of the folks that can recite the anthem like you and I learned that from reciting it at school. However, not all Nigerians are educated, and some aren’t because they could not afford to go to school. So for those that didn’t go to school, and may be struggling to make ends meet, I fail to see where they could have gotten the opportunity to learn the anthem. Also the anthem is a thing of pride for patriots, but if I couldn’t go to school because my parents couldn’t afford it and the government refuses to provide scholarships for me, I don’t know that I should be that patriotic to go learn how to sing the anthem. Or even if I didn’t go to school, but I am not living in poverty because I own a business, I still don’t know why I should be criticized for not knowing the anthem. To go even further, if I do learn, what will i use the knowledge for? I don’t see any possible scenario that knowing the anthem will be beneficial to me.
    You and I know how to recite the anthem and I haven’t used that knowledge for anything since i passed out from command years ago, and I can bet you haven’t used it either Rani, but tell me if i am wrong 🙂
    Now Flavor’s new album will be danced to so that is different to me…

    Like I said early that was just to play devils advocate. I think Nigerians especially those that love the country and are patriots should know how to sing the anthem, but i’d also be wary of criticizing those that don’t know how to recite the anthem. It is hard to be a patriot when you are living in abject poverty while your elected leaders are living really well and doing absolutely nothing to help the country go forward.


    • Thanks for your comment madam devil’s advocate. You are quite indulged.

      But on this topic, the illiterate get a free pass. I think you need to at leaat speak English before we can criticize you for not knowing the National Anthem.

      This post is for those out there who are literate and still do not know the Anthem. Just like the ones on NTA. None of them were illiterate. As a matter of fact, they were mostly dressed official like they were part of the working class.

      I hear you that those of us that do know the anthem haven’t and probably might never have a need to use the knowledge but does that justify not knowing? Yes, Nigeria has done and not done this and that and failed us as a nation now that we’re adults but growing up with the innocence of a child, how come some didn’t learn it in school? Or perhaps they weren’t taught?

      If really they weren’t taught then the issue at hand is a lot worse than we think.

      As a country, it can only get better. And I really do not think turning our back on Nigeria or constantly finding fault and blame in Nigeria is the right approach. We all need to stand together, staying strong and of course hoping that one day we can put all this behind us and our nation would rise and be great once again!


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