National Anthem: Nigerians Clamour for Timi Dakolo’s Great Nation Instead of Reverting to Old Anthem

National Anthem: Nigerians Clamour for Timi Dakolo’s Great Nation Instead of Reverting to Old Anthem

  • Nigerians have reacted to the move by the government to revert to the old national anthem, and they are clamouring for Timi Dakolo's Great Nation
  • According to them, his song resonates with the present reality of the country, and it is more patriotic and excellent
  • It was also stated that the old anthem belongs to the colonial master, as they added that the country should revert to the former flag
  • In a chat with Toye Solomon, a fan of Dakolo said it is not a bad idea if the song was adopted as the new national anthem

Nigerian singer Timi Dakolo has received massive love from Nigerians after they clamoured that the country should adopt his song, 'Great Nation', instead of reverting to the old national anthem. had reported that Nigerian lawmakers and President Bola Tinubu signed the old national anthem into law.

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The move has divided opinions on social media, with many sharing their views.

In a new development, some Nigerians claimed Timi Dakolo's song, Great Nation, should have been used to replace the old national anthem.

According to them, the singer, dumped by his parents, has a better song that resonates with the present reality the country is battling.

Nigerians calls for the adoption of Timi Dakolo's song as national anthem
Nigerians calls for the adoption of Timi Dakolo's song as national anthem. Photo credit @timidakolo
Source: Instagram

Nigerians condemn old anthem

In a debate on X, many noted that the old national anthem belonged to the colonial master.

Some argued that the second stanza of the old national anthem was the only part they would love to sing in the whole song.

Others also opined that most songs by Timi Dakolo are evergreen.

Below is the post:

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Even singer Adekunle Gold believes more in Dakolo's Great Nation song as better Nigeria's new national anthem. See his tweet below:

How netizens reacted to the post

Netizens have reacted to the suggestion that Dakolo's song should be used as the national anthem. Here are some of the comments below:


"Before discovering Timi Dakolo's #ChorusLeader album an hour ago, the last time I played an album from start to finish, no skips was 2017 [Chronology by Chronixx]. This quality of music is the kind that can never ever die, it's in the category beyond evergreen!


"Won't it have made more sense to adopt Timi Dakolo's "Great Nation" as the national anthem?"


"Timi Dakolo finish work for this new song of his “ke nake so”. We have found a new first dance national anthem at Arewa weddings. Thank you."


"I will not sing the Colonial Masters' "Nigeria we hail thee" anthem. Never! If indeed they want a national prayer to resonate, then the 2nd stanza, "oh God of creation" written by a Nigerian is appropriate. Timi Dakolo's song "Great Nation" could have been considered too".

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"We might as well be consistent and go back to our former flag. If they hate the 2nd stanza of our anthem, They could adopt Timi Dakolo's beautiful Ode to Nigeria and her people but they wouldn't think to do that because their Modus operandi is to be performative for headlines."


"These people left this patriotic and excellent song by Timi Dakolo to revert to the old national anthem, which has no value in our current reality."


"If they were going to Change the national anthem, they should have at least changed it to Timi Dakolo’s “Great Nation”


"We for just kuku use Timi Dakolo’s ‘Great Nation’ at once. Abi?"


"And I haven’t even written my best songs yet.."

Solomon says changing the anthem was too sudden

He said:

"The change was just too sudden and many didn't see it coming. Though it is a win for Dakolo if his song is used. Many are still struggling to leanrn it."

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Timi Dakolo shares his female friend's wedding experience earlier reported that Dakolo shared an incident involving his female friend.

According to him, a bridesmaid married his friend's ex-husband, adding that the lady invited his friend to join her bridal train group on WhatsApp.

The singer also noted that he was shocked by the betrayal and couldn't keep the sad news to himself alone.

Proofreading by James Ojo Adakole, journalist and copy editor at


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