Suby & Sins House

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Suby In The House 

I remember growing up in Nigeria where every morning we were taught to have pride in our Nation, in every school in the country, the 1st daily ritual was to recite the National Anthem and Pledge.

For one reason or the other, the pledge I always remember even today is the old pledge below coined by our colonial masters. I was 3 when the current pledge was brought into force, so that tells you how ingrained the old must have been in my psyche for me to still remember and still be able to recite it.

I find myself feeling there is more heart and meaning to the old pledge as opposed to the "new" one. The words hold more meaning for me as opposed to the new one which is recited very robotically by the kids of this generation.

I took the shot above while walking past one of the Nigerian High commissions in London last year, a place that does not make me feel proud, un-kept, untidy dirty, and this is what we allow the world to see.

I hope one day soon Nigerians as a nation will start taking pride in ourselves and our 
Nation and start asking "not what our Nation can do (or has done for us), but what we can do for our Nation "

The Old Nigerian Pledge

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.
 
Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour'd,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.
 
O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed. 

The Current Nigerian Pledge (1976 – date)

I pledge to Nigeria my country
To be faithful loyal an honest
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
To defend her unity
And uphold her honour and glory
So help me God

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

Nigeria

Subysphoto

Suby In The House 

I remember growing up in Nigeria where every morning we were taught to have pride in our Nation, in every school in the country, the 1st daily ritual was to recite the National Anthem and Pledge.

For one reason or the other, the pledge I always remember even today is the old pledge below coined by our colonial masters. I was 3 when the current pledge was brought into force, so that tells you how ingrained the old must have been in my psyche for me to still remember and still be able to recite it.

I find myself feeling there is more heart and meaning to the old pledge as opposed to the "new" one. The words hold more meaning for me as opposed to the new one which is recited very robotically by the kids of this generation.

I took the shot above while walking past one of the Nigerian High commissions in London last year, a place that does not make me feel proud, un-kept, untidy dirty, and this is what we allow the world to see.

I hope one day soon Nigerians as a nation will start taking pride in ourselves and our 
Nation and start asking "not what our Nation can do (or has done for us), but what we can do for our Nation "

The Old Nigerian Pledge

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.
 
Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour'd,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.
 
O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed. 

The Current Nigerian Pledge (1976 – date)

I pledge to Nigeria my country
To be faithful loyal an honest
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
To defend her unity
And uphold her honour and glory
So help me God

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

comments (19)

  • dotun
  • 12 Jan 2007, 00:46
Thanks for taking the time to honor our great country. This shot has inspired me to stop by at the embassy in DC and see if I can get any interesting shots especially when it gets a little warm outside smile
  • Abi
  • 12 Jan 2007, 03:10
nigeria embassy ?, no comment..heehee..lol...o.k only joking really..love it loads and also my beloved country
a very nice shot
where was this taken
  • P.J.
  • 12 Jan 2007, 07:50
Good image and good backstory with it. We should all have pride in the nations we hail from.
good framing
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 12 Jan 2007, 09:40
My dad taught me the first pledge but only the first stanza. I pray we have a better future ahead of us.
  • bruno
  • sweden
  • 12 Jan 2007, 10:09
Most of my friends are from Nigeria and they said same thing as you say now. Beautiful country with beautiful culture but with some problems. Ill travel there some day and see all that treasure. Intill then ill check yours and Jides shots smile
  • micki
  • 12 Jan 2007, 10:53
Suby, thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. It doesn't seem that too many of us have pride in our countries any more. I too remember reciting our Pledge as a very elementary student, and I always felt such pride. That was never taught to me directly, it was just something -- a way -- the adults around me lived. Not so any more. Maybe we can change that for our children.
  • Louis
  • 12 Jan 2007, 12:12
A nice post and all.

First time i thought to say something about your picture - that window peeking in from the right disturbs the composition for me
I agree with Louis. That window to the left is a bit disturbing but it is a very nice pic of our embassy. Good contrasting colours Suby. Well done
  • dotun
  • 12 Jan 2007, 13:21
I looked at this again, I think cropping the window will hurt this shot. If cropped out then the eye will be drawn to the imbalance of the left and right pillars. And if you try to crop the pillars to look the same the securty camera will be in the way..in summary, I think the window is fine where it is.
  • Feyi
  • Debit, Credit & Shredit [Formerly Enron]
  • 12 Jan 2007, 13:58
you have got your knickers in a twist...lol
what you have as the old pledge is actually the old national anthem.
the pledge never changed as far as i remember.
you must be really old because even my mum has trouble remembering the old anthem...lol

i think that Nigerian High commission should be closed down. the service there is shocking.

nice processing.
  • Unknown
  • 12 Jan 2007, 17:20
I don't agree with you, i think the nation is changing (for good) and is one of the best places to visit. I like the embassy, full of color and drama, which we don't get to see everyday. Nice picture.
it is changing for good oooo, trust mi, Nice to have you back sir.
thats touchong suby, really is...if i were technical then id get a bit bugged witht eh framign but put together with your word its an outstanding image...
  • Joe
  • United States
  • 12 Jan 2007, 20:52
I think the back story and the image all fit very perfectly together. The image itself is quite strong and the toning is very good. But with the story it becomes something a bit more. Very nicely done!
  • Young Person
  • 12 Jan 2007, 22:45
never heard of that "old" pledge before. YOU ARE OLD.
Suby & Sinem: I am only 21 please smile

A Very "young" Suby
  • Ade
  • Stevenage
  • 23 Jan 2007, 13:00
might be wrong, but isnt that the old anthem?

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