r/mildlyinteresting Jan 21 '22 Wholesome 1

I just found that my grandpa wrote a national anthem for Nigeria as part of a competition in the late 1950's for their independence.

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u/Flying_Toad Jan 21 '22

Can anybody here play it on an instrument? I'd love to hear it.

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u/AdmiralAkbar1 Jan 21 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome Coin Gift

Here's a midi version of it. I put the melody an octave higher than the piano chords so it's easier to hear.

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u/napalm211 Jan 22 '22

I opened the comments just to see if someone knew a way to let me hear it. Thanks friend

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u/PrincessPonyPrincess Jan 21 '22

This is bad ass

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u/newt16 Jan 22 '22

Nice one! Sounds great

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u/ItIsTodayOutside Jan 22 '22

it sounds really good

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u/riggycat Jan 22 '22

I think reddit broke it

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u/Cro-manganese Jan 22 '22

You have to click on the little orange play button.

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u/morthalguards Jan 22 '22

I’m not getting any sound for some reason, know why?

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u/simon_186 Jan 22 '22

If you’re using mobile, then make sure your phone isn’t on silent mode.

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u/Cro-manganese Jan 22 '22

You have to click on the little orange play button.

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u/Registered-Nurse Jan 22 '22

I still can’t hear the audio :/

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u/ShitFlavoredCum Jan 22 '22

definitely sounds familiar in some places. seems like they got inspiration from other anthems

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u/brewandbalance Jan 21 '22

Give me six months and I got you

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u/brewandbalance Jan 21 '22

Actually, maybe 36 hours. I won't be able to play it but I can recreate it on some software.

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u/skrimps1000 Jan 21 '22

“Music composed and submitted by: B.J. Hazzard”

Legend.

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u/fofizzleshizzle Jan 21 '22

Hahaha you know what, I have never noticed that but that is hilarious. Luckily, not my surname!

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u/VanimalCracker Jan 21 '22

Luckily, not my surname!

What're you, crazy?! That's a badass surname.

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u/fofizzleshizzle Jan 21 '22

There's a current 'A. Hazzard' in the family which is pretty funny as well.

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u/OkDawgRight Jan 22 '22

BJ is the funnier part lol

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u/FamCrypt Jan 21 '22

That is indeed a legendary name lol but I think I might have read it a bit differently 😛

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u/Nasty2017 Jan 21 '22

AKA: Tongue Ring

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u/AnneNonnyMouse Jan 22 '22

I was hoping someone noticed that. Brilliant name.

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u/fairysdad Jan 21 '22 edited Jan 21 '22

Audio - posted as a video with a random /r/wallpapers image in the bg.

https://imgur.com/a/4wP79OG

(Edit - added the score to the post)

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u/fofizzleshizzle Jan 21 '22

Amazing thank you!!

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u/fairysdad Jan 21 '22

You're welcome :)

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u/BraceBraceBrace Jan 21 '22

I can’t read music so the way in which Nigeria is written right at the start made my brain “sing” this to the tune of the Genovian national anthem from the princess diaries

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u/fairysdad Jan 21 '22

Almost but not quite. Each line is a verse, so the top line on all three staves is one verse, the second line on all three saves is the second, and the third the third.

Normally, you'd have all three verses under the melody line, but given this is hand typed on printed music stave paper there wasn't the room for it.

Nigeria we hail thee, our own dear native land,
though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all and proud to serve our Sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol that truth and justice reign,
Help peace or battle honoured, and this we count as gain,
to hand on to our children a banner without stain.

O God of all creation, grant this our one request,
help us to build a nation where no man is oppressed,
so with peace and plenty Nigeria may be blessed.

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u/fofizzleshizzle Jan 21 '22

Hey props for trying if you don't read sheet music! Your version still made sense.

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u/BirdInFlight301 Jan 21 '22

I love the lyrics. I'd love to hear it sung. Your grandpa did a fantastic job.

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u/Aggravating_West_496 Jan 22 '22

How interesting! I, as a Nigerian prince, would like to reward you for finding that amazing piece of history. Please provide your banking and credit card details below so we can send you the check!

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u/Are_You_My_Mummy_ Jan 22 '22

We have since changed the anthem but a lot of older people remember this one

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u/felinebeeline Jan 22 '22

Was this the national anthem at some point?

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u/Are_You_My_Mummy_ Jan 22 '22

Yes it was. well the lyrics, I can't read music

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u/felinebeeline Jan 22 '22

Oh I see. It looks like OP’s grandpa composed the music but didn’t write the lyrics. Someone posted a link in this thread to what this music sounds like if you’re curious.

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u/OkDawgRight Jan 22 '22

Why is it in English and not a Nigerian language?

Edit: Ah, just saw it's literally written by a white person from an imperialist country. lol (Nothing against your grandpa personally, it's just funny.)

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u/Kachimushi Jan 23 '22

English is literally the official language of Nigeria, and considering that it's a country inhabited by many ethnicities with many different languages, an anthem in English is a far better compromise than just picking one.

Of course, it'd be even better to have a multilingual anthem with additional verses in the most populous native languages (Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo probably) like the South African anthem.

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u/OkDawgRight Jan 23 '22

One would hope that a country would eventually de-colonize.

English is by far the worst choice for a country that gained independence from the English imperial masters that ruined their country and future for many generations.

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u/Kachimushi Jan 23 '22

Any heavily multiethnic country still needs a Lingua Franca to facilitate intercultural communication, and picking any of the major native languages seems like a recipe for ethnic tensions and conflict. English works as a neutral middle ground, and it provides Nigerians an additional advantage in international communication.

I can understand your point of seeing English as a colonial influence, but Nigeria as a country itself is a colonial construct - the common national identity of Nigerians didn't exist before British colonization and subsequent decolonisation, so the people of Nigeria didn't really have a common language either before English grew into that role.

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u/OkDawgRight Jan 23 '22

They could create a multi-ethnic civilization state (like China) instead of trying to build a nation state with a central dictatorship like their imperial masters.

Socialism would fit much better with a liberated colony, too, as any socialist state naturally facilitates democracy and de-colonization as a fundamental political principle.

At that point they could even have chosen Mandarin as a lingua franca.

The entire modern development of Nigeria feels like a perfect example of neocolonialism, where a country got officially liberated but still forces itself to integrate into the world order created by the European colonial masters and their capitalist ideas paired with liberal democratic ideoloogy. Hopefully, they will get around to proper decolonization and socialist state building eventually.

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u/fofizzleshizzle Jan 22 '22

Yes I assume it was a worldwide competition and ideally it should have been written by a Nigerian! It was the 50s and I'm assuming us brits left it in not the best conditions. A submitted one was used until the 70s when it was replaced by one written by a Nigerian composer, as it should be.

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u/uziyo Jan 22 '22

The little "composed in london" made me laugh just a little, but it's nice overall I suppose haha

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u/CesiumBullet Jan 22 '22

It finishes on an antecedent phrase. Might sound more complete if they changed the last chord to D minor, then added another 4 bars.

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u/fofizzleshizzle Jan 22 '22

Amazingly he had never had a music lesson in his life and was all self taught, so I'm sure there's room for improvement but not bad nonetheless!

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u/CesiumBullet Jan 22 '22

After I commented, I played and sung through it, and it’s really, really well-made. It’s very effective and harmonically adventurous for a national anthem. The only problem is that the last note is too high and glamorous for me to sing!

Perhaps adding another phrase might’ve made it too long. Your grandfather was a natural.

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u/newt16 Jan 21 '22

We need a recorded version! Who can read music and wants to have a go?

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u/ketronome Jan 22 '22

u/AdmiralAkbar1 did it above

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u/newt16 Jan 22 '22

It's a trap!

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u/BigGayGinger4 Jan 22 '22

kinda has the sound of a college fight song

which is close, but idk if it's close enough, to the spirit of a national anthem

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u/KrakenMcCracken Jan 22 '22

🎶Nigeria, Nigeria, be careful how you say it🎶

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u/Mr_Soupe Jan 22 '22

Excuse me, OP, I didn't want to ruin your great time but ... Assuming it was composed in London, by an Englishmen, reasonably a white foreigner actually used classical music and codes to write an hymn for an African country to celebrate their independence....?

How come it even make sense?

🤔😅

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u/DO5421 Jan 22 '22

I’m actually part Nigerian myself. Idk what percentage but it’s there. I do know however that I’m 50% French and some small percentage of Irish and Blackfoot Native American. But at the end of the day I’m also all American cause I was born in the USA 🇺🇸 never traveled to another country (been to other states that’s about it) and English is the only language I know fluently. Part of me wants to learn to speak french but realistically I don’t see myself becoming fluent in it. I know a few words here and there but not enough to have a conversation in French. Still fun to play around with the language though.

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u/wearealljustants Jan 21 '22

That is very cool!!

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u/Kissit777 Jan 22 '22

This is so cool!

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u/Sad-Row8676 Jan 22 '22

This is more than mildly interesting. This is totally cool.

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u/AdevilSboyU Jan 22 '22

I like his taste in writing.

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u/biological-entity Jan 22 '22

Better have some gnarly riffs

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u/SIRinLTHR Jan 22 '22

What a prince! I might have gotten an email or two from him.

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u/Vroomped Jan 22 '22

A competition for their independence? I think this person has ended all wars.

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u/RustyU Jan 22 '22

Interestingly, Wiki has the lyrics written by Lillian Jean Williams and the music composed by Frances Berda.

I wonder if it was a case of "here's the lyrics, make some music"

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u/TastyVittles Jan 22 '22

Lol why wouldn't they let a Nigerian write the song for their own independence?

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u/fofizzleshizzle Jan 22 '22

Hey it was the 50's and us Brits didn't leave things in good shape! Definitely wrong but I assume it was worldwide entries.

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u/stuzz74 Jan 22 '22

I'm hearing this when I get an email from s Nigerian billionaire who wants to send me all his money....

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u/pm-me-amazingness Jan 22 '22

In English... alright......

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u/MindTheDesign Jan 22 '22

Why not? According to Wiki its the official national language.