• Sun. Aug 7th, 2022

Check out Ghana’s National Anthem’s original lyrics and why they were changed.

Are you aware that, while Philip Gbeho is credited with writing Ghana’s National Anthem, he did not write the words that are regularly sung in the country?

For years, Ghanaians have sang the anthem “God bless our homeland Ghana…” at schools, villages, and even churches, as well as at national events.

However, according to Osofo Kofitse Ahadzi, a traditional religion advocate, the well-known national anthem is not the original anthem penned and sung during Ghana’s independence.

After the toppling of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, he claims the original lyrics were changed to the current ones.

Osofo Ahadzi, who shared the original lyrics in an interview, stated the original national anthem was

“Lift high the flag of Ghana,
The gay star shining in the sky,
Bright with the souls of our fathers,
For whose shade we’ll live and die!
Red for the blood of the heroes in the fight,
Green for the fruitful farms of our birth-right,
And linked with these the shining golden band
Which marks the richness of our Fatherland.”

The present lyrics were composed by Prof. Michael Kwame Gbordzoe, a scientist by profession, according to a 2019 tweet by GHANA FACTS & HISTORY.

“He wrote the lyrics of the National Anthem,” the message reads.

“God Bless Ghana, Our Homeland.” It has been in use since the 1970s and is still in use today. Philip Gbeho wrote and composed the song, which was adopted in 1957 but later discarded by the government in the 1960s.”

After a competition to recompose the anthem, Prof. Gbordzoe’s lyrics, written while he was a student at Bishop Herman College in the 1970s, were chosen from among several.

General Kutu Acheampong, according to Prof. Baffuor Agyeman-Duah, a historian and former top UN governance expert, urged for a new song to replace the present one (written by Philip Gbeho in 1957) and make it more nationalistic.

“The present national anthem, ‘God bless our homeland Ghana,’ was written by Acheampong (since) the first national anthem, ‘Lift High the Flag of Ghana,’ was written by Philip Gbeho in 1957.”

“It was Acheampong who asked for it to be recomposed in 1974 because it needed to be more nationalistic.” ‘God bless our hometown Ghana and make our nation great and strong,’ the professor remarked on Net 2 TV’s ‘The Seat’ in 2021 while making remarks.

Here are the full lyrics of Ghana’s original Anthem

1. Lift high the flag of Ghana,
The gay star shining in the sky,
Bright with the souls of our fathers,
Beneath whose shade we’ll live and die!
Red for the blood of the heroes in the fight,
Green for the fruitful farms of our birth-right,
And linked with these the shining golden band
Which marks the richness of our Fatherland.

2. We’ll live and die for Ghana,
Our land of hope for ages to come!
Shout it aloud, O Ghana,
And beat it upon the drum!
Come from the palm-lined shore, from the broad northern plain,
From the farm and the forest, the mountain and mine.
Your children sing with ancient minstrel lore:
Freedom for ever, for evermore!

3. God be with us in Ghana
And make our nation great and strong,
Brave to defend for ever
The cause of freedom and of right.
For ever the flag of Ghana proudly flies
In distant seas or else beneath our skies.
Let peace and fellow-feeling be our might,
And may our name be a radiant light.

4. This be our vow, O Ghana,
To live as one, in unity,
And in your strength, O Ghana,
To build a new fraternity!
Africa waits in the night of the clouded years
For the spreading light that now appears
To give us all a place beneath the sun:
The destined ending of a task well done.

And here are the lyrics of Ghana’s current Anthem

God bless our homeland Ghana,
And make our nation great and strong,
Bold to defend for ever,
The cause of Freedom and of Right.
Fill our hearts with true humility
Make us cherish fearless honesty,
And help us to resist oppressor’s rule
With all our will and might for evermore.

Hail to thy name, O Ghana,
To thee we make our solemn vow:
Steadfast to build together
A nation strong in Unity;
With our gifts of mind and strength of arm,
Whether night or day, in mist or storm,
In every need what’er the call may be,
To serve thee, Ghana, now and evermore.

Raise high the flag of Ghana
And one with Africa advance;
Black star of hope and honour,
To all who thirst for liberty;
Where the banner of Ghana freely flies,
May the way of freedom truly lie
Arise, arise, O sons of Ghanaland,
And under God march on for evermore.

Raise high the flag of Ghana
And one with Africa advance;
Black star of hope and honour,
To all who thirst for liberty;
Where the banner of Ghana freely flies,
May the way of freedom truly lie
Arise, arise, O sons of Ghanaland,
And under God march on for evermore.

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