Nigeria used the British National anthem “God Save the Queen” as her patriotic song in the year 1914 to 1960. After its Independence in 1960, “Nigeria We Hail Thee” became the national Anthem and was written by Lillian Jean Williams with music by Frances Benda, both were British expatriates.
Song of Abidjan is Côte d’Ivoire’s national anthem. it was adopted at the country’s independence in 1960. The anthem is strongly influenced by religion and tinged with patriotism. The lyrics are from ministers Mathieu Vangah Ekraand Joachim Bony.(more…)
God bless our homeland was composed and penned by Philip Gbeho in 1957. Upon independence, the original words to this anthem were changed in 1960 when Ghana became a republic. Six years later, the government was overthrown and a new lyrics was sourced for through a contest in 1966 after the coup in Ghana. Michael Kwame Gbordzoe lyrics was chosen and it replaced Philip Gbeho’s lyrics in the 1970s.(more…)
Land of our forefathers is the national anthem of Togo. Alex Casimir-Dosseh wrote the words and it was used as Togo national anthem from independence in 1960 till 1979. It was replaced in 1979 to 1992 by a different anthem composed by the party of the Rally of the Togolese People. It was readopted from 1992 onwards.
The first time I was opportuned to meet Mr Bayo Ademiluyi (founder of Ty-tys) was at the Chevron (Afro-centric) bazaar. It was so random as one of the Bellafricana team had just posted an article about Ty-tys which caught my attention. Mr Ademiluyi is very jovial, down to earth and talented of course. I couldn’t help but interview him to hear the story of how Ty-tys came about.
This year 2015, Bellafricana digest will be bringing some exclusive interviews your way. Today, I was opportuned to interview this young, artistic and talented young lady called Itoro Okon. Itoro is a Geologist turned jewelry designer. She has a great personality, very smart and straight to the point. One of the Nigerian born talents doing great things in the economy.
Just west of Lagos is the town of Badagry which features the Coconut Beach, appropriately named for the coconut trees that surround the beach. This tropical beach is located in the coastal town of Badagry, West of Lagos. Holiday resorts are nearby for refreshments while visiting the beach. Tropical sun can be enjoyed in the ambiance of the environment at Coconut Beach. The beach is attractively set in an area surrounded by beautiful coconut trees.(more…)