On March 6th, 1957, before a crowd of over 100,000 at the Old polo Grounds, the Ghana National Anthem was officially played for the first time. The Author of these new lyrics was Mr. Emmanuel Pappoe-Thompson, an Educationist and renowned musician. A few line of the Anthem was contributed by Mr. Tettey Lartey. This was written by a literary committee commissioned by the new Government. After the country’s attainment of a Republic status in 1960, invitations went out again for new lyrics for the Anthem to reflect the new status. The challenge to nation’s musicologist and educationists alike was welcomed with patroitic zeal and numerous submissions were made. A new piece of lyrics was then adopted and since became the National Anthem.

 

 

 The National Anthem

First Stanza Second Stanza Third Stanza
God bless our homeland Ghana
And make our nation great and strong,
Bold to defend forever
The cause of Freedom and of Right;
Fill our hearts with true humility,
Make us cherish fearless honesty,
And help us to resist oppressors’ 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 the midst of storm,
In every need, whate’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 to freedom truly lie;
Arise, arise, O sons of Ghana land
And under God march on for evermore!
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