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Nigeria @ 60: Five Songs That Preach Unity As Nigeria Celebrates Independence

Nigeria @ 60: Five Songs That Preach Unity As Nigeria Celebr

One of the most remarkable days in the history of Nigeria is her annual independence day celebration on October 1st. The Africa's most populous black nation is blessed with people of diverse cultures, religion and also musical talents who have in one way or the other used their lyrical prowess to preach unity.

The annual event is marked in rememberance of Nigeria's independence from Britain in 1960. Apart from being addressed as the Giant of Africa, the country is also the "Heart of African Music". 

As Nigeria marks her 60 years of independence, AllNews puts together some songs that are suitable to promote love and unity.

1. "Songs of unity" by Nigerian leaders

In this song, Nigerian leaders such as vice-president Yemi Osinbajo; former head of state, Yakubu Gowon; former head of state and president, Olusegun Obasanjo; interim Nigerian leader Ernest Shonekan; ex-vice-president, Alex Ekwueme, former deputy heads of state Ebitu Ukiwe; and Oladipo Diya all came together to promote unity through lyrics.

It is safe to say that seeing Nigerian leaders collaborate to sing “Song of Unity” is a form of encouragement  for the citizens to embrace unity despite their cultural and traditional beliefs.

2. "One Love" by Onyeka Onwenu 

What comes to your mind upon hearing "one love"? The evergreen single by legendary Onwenu is just another song perfect for the Independence Day celebration.

A part of the lyrics reads: “Living one love between; Looks for a brighter day
You never need worry; Let one love set you free, One love keep us together
Living in a world it’s a struggle to staying alive.”

3. "One Kilometre" by Evi Edna

The reggae queen in her “One Kilometre” song speaks on the diverse ethnic groups and how they are separated by kilometres.

4. "The Way Forward " by Sunny Ade

The evergreen song calls on Nigerians to embrace Nigeria’s values and cultures.

Sunny Ade, alongside over 30 other acts, teamed up to make the juju national anthem. Orlando Owoh, Dele Abiodun, Malik Showman, as well as Oritz Wiliki, Charley Boy, Bola Ajibola, Segun Arinze and many others were part of the singers on parade.

5. Timi Dakolo

Another song that glorifies the heritage and unity of Nigeria is “Great Nation” by Timi Dakolo.

“Though we are many people, Different tribes, different tongues, we’re united in our strength and resolve, To uphold the honour of our land,” part of the lyrics read.


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