My Dad Co-wrote The National Anthem But Never Got Recognition For It – Eddy Remedy 

Seasoned vocalist and former member of The Remedies, Edward Ashiedu Brown, also known as Eddy Remedy claims that his father was one of the writers of the Nigerian national anthem.

According to Eddy Remedy, his father, retired police officer Ashiedu Brown, was a member of the Nigeria Police Band that wrote the national anthem, but Benedict Elise Odiase, the band’s director, received all the glory.

The First Stanza of The Nigerian National Anthem
The First Stanza of The Nigerian National Anthem

The veteran singer noted that to date, his father has not been given any national honour for his contribution to the national anthem.

Eddy Remedy said his father’s tragic experience led him to oppose his musical career on the grounds that he thought Nigeria would never reward him.

In his words;

“Now I understand why my dad didn’t want me to do music. Because they did the same thing to him. My Dad was among those who wrote the national anthem. But what did he get? Did they give him any recognition? Instead, they gave all the credit to his boss, [Benedict] Odiase, who was the commissioner of Police then.”

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