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NYSC anthem composer, Oluwole Adetiran, passes on at 74

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Oluwole Adetiran was once the Music Director of CCC and HOD of Music Department of The Polytechnic, Ibadan

By Kehinde Okeowo

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Dr Oluwole Adetiran, the man who composed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) anthem is no more. 

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Adetiran’s death was announced on Friday via multiple Facebook groups of the Celestial Church of Christ, where he held the post of National Music Director before his death. 

He had, last year, explained that he had been inflicted with multiple diseases, including hypertension, diabetes, and prostate cancer since 2018.

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The scholar, who studied music at the University of Nigeria, Nsuka composed the scheme’s anthem in 1984. while serving as a corps member in Oyo State.

In addition to being the National Music Director of CCC, Adetiran was also the Head of Music Department of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, between 2003 and 2007. He retired from the institution in 2008.

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In 2021, the NYSC Director-General Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim led a delegation of the scheme to Adetiran’s home and pledged that his photograph would be conspicuously placed in the newly-built NYSC museum in Abuja.

During the visit the NYSC director-general, Adetiran revealed how he came about the anthem.

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He said, “I was the leader of an NYSC group called ‘the anthem group’ and the then chief inspector saddled us with the responsibility of composing an anthem for the NYSC.

“I went home and spent quality time composing the anthem to the admiration of all and I still have the manuscripts till today.”

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