My father co-wrote Nigeria’s national anthem but never got credit – Eddy Remedy

Veteran singer, Edward Ashiedu Brown alias Eddy Remedy, has claimed that his father was among those who wrote the Nigerian national anthem.

The former member of music group, The Remedies said his father, Ashiedu Brown, a retired police officer, was in the Nigeria Police Band that composed the national anthem.

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Eddy lamented that despite his dad’s contribution, all the credits were given to his boss, Benedict Elise Odiase, the director of the band.

The artiste made the statement during a live chat with media personality, Daddy Freeze. He said that to date, his father has not been given any national honour.

Eddy Remedy also posited that the Mr Asidu Brown’s experience made him oppose his musical career because he believed that he would never be rewarded by Nigeria.

He said; “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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Meanwhile, in another news…

In August 2023, the nation was thrown into mourning following the death of Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, the man who designed Nigeria’s flag.

His child, Akinkunmi Akinkunmi broke the sad news via Facebook. He said Pa Akinkunmi died in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness.

He wrote: “Life is indeed transient; I can say boldly that you lived a life with a landmark. Continue to rest, my father! Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (O.F.R.): A great man has gone.”

In 1958, while living abroad, Akinkunmi saw an advertisement in a national daily for the submission of designs for the Nigeria’s national flag as the country’s independence from British governance was close.

Among the over 2,000 entries submitted, his was picked. It was hoisted on Independence Day, October 1, 1960, in place of the British Union Jack, while Akinkunmi was awarded 100 pounds when his design was selected.