How the Biafra National Anthem came to be
The Biafra national anthem is reminder to every Biafran in Nigeria and in Diaspora that our time is coming and we shall rise again. It is a call to political arms! The struggle is on!
When was the Biafra national anthem conceived?
The Biafra national anthem was conceived after the utterance of the following declaration in 1967:
“Now, therefore, I, Lieutenant-Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria, by virtue of the authority, and pursuant to the principles, recited above, do hereby solemnly proclaim that the territory and region known as and called Eastern Nigeria together with her continental shelf and territorial waters shall henceforth be an independent sovereign state of the name and title of “The Republic of Biafra”. And I do declare that-“
And with those words a national anthem was born – the Biafra national anthem.
Land of the Rising Sun
“Land of the Rising Sun” with a tune adopted from Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia” was proclaimed as the Biafra national anthem shortly after the declaration of independence by Lieutenant-Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 1967.
Words to the “Land of the Rising Sun” Biafra national anthem
Land of the rising sun, we love and cherish,
Beloved homeland of our brave heroes;
We must defend our lives or we shall perish,
We shall protect our lives from all our foes;
But if the price is death for all we hold dear,
Then let us die without a shred of fear.
Hail to Biafra, consecrated nation,
O fatherland, this be our solemn pledge:
Defending thee shall be a dedication,
Spilling our blood we’ll count a privilege;
The waving standard which emboldens the free
Shall always be our flag of liberty.
We shall emerge triumphant from this ordeal,
And through the crucible unscathed we’ll pass;
When we are poised the wounds of battle to heal,
We shall remember those who died in mass;
Then shall our trumpets peal the glorious song
Of victory we scored o’er might and wrong.
Oh God, protect us from the hidden pitfall,
Guide all our movements lest we go astray;
Give us the strength to heed the humanist call:
To give and not to count the cost’ each day;
Bless those who rule to serve with resoluteness,
To make this clime a land of righteousness.
Listen to the true Biafran national anthem – “Land of the Rising Sun”
The current generation of Biafrans and the Biafra national anthem
The revolution is brewing. The national anthem sang with pride all across the globe. To see young children 50 years after the Biafra war sing the national anthem with pride is a testament of the how far the Biafra restoration movement has come and then promise of a future Republic of Biafra.
“All Hail Biafra” is sometimes confused as the Biafran national anthem
Some people mistake the popular “All Hail Biafra” write by Charles O. Okereke to be the Biafran national anthem. “All Hail Biafra”was originally conceived in 1970 by Okereke who was 14 at the time and just a child – a Biafran child.
The Biafran National Anthem; “Land of the Rising Sun” was originally written by Nnamdi Azikiwe and set into music in the pattern of Sibelius’s Finlandia.
Listen to “All Hail Biafra”
Significance of the Biafran national anthem
50 years after the Biafra war, the national anthem and the All Hail Biafra have come to symbolize a call to action for all Biafrans in Nigeria and in Diaspora who have been affected by the struggle for the realization of the state of Biafra to actively participate – in elections, in educating the world on the social, security and political atmospheres in Nigeria that need urgent and critical attention. The struggle lives on and the Republic of Biafra will only come when everyone does their small part.