Sabinus, Poco Lee others struggling to sing old national anthem.

Nigerian Celebrities Struggle with Old National Anthem

Introduction of the Event

Old national anthem struggles by Nigerian celebrities and Super Eagles stars have gone viral in a recently reinstated video.The clip was captured during a charity game hosted in Lagos by Super Eagles captain Williams Troost-Ekong. The charity match, named “NoOnesXTEF,” was organized by the Troost-Ekong Foundation and took place on June 2nd, 2024, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

Reinstatement of the Old National Anthem

The government recently reverted the Nigerian national anthem to the version used during the first and second republics. President Olusegun Obasanjo had replaced this anthem in 1978 during his first rule as a military leader.The reinstatement of the old anthem appears to have caught many by surprise, including some of the nation’s most prominent figures.

Viral Video Highlights

One of the highlights of the charity event was the struggle of several public figures to sing the anthem. Comedian Sabinus was seen bursting into laughter due to his lack of knowledge of the lyrics, providing one of the funniest moments in the clip. In contrast, musician Odumodu seemed to know every word of the anthem.

Sabinus, Poco Lee others struggling to sing old national anthem.

Notable Personalities in the Clip

The video also featured other notable Nigerian celebrities such as Poco Lee, Falz, Prince Ajuda, and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. Among the ex-footballers were Joseph Yobo, Samson Siasia, Elderson Echiéjilé, Vincent Enyeama, and Carl Ikeme. Their participation was in support of Troost-Ekong’s charitable foundation.

Social Media Reactions

The viral clip has elicited numerous reactions online. Some comments highlighted the celebrities’ humorous attempts at singing the anthem:

@Dr_Pharouk: “Sabinus just wan comot this place.”

@omoiyakemi100: “Poco no sabi Anthem wey dem release since last but don sabi Arya star sing wey drop on Friday.”

@OlusammyA: “They gave up.”

@Ardeyifedd: “Odumodu go dey do like say him sabi.”

@Alabiszn__: “Sabinus just Dey wait for final whistle.”

@JustECP: “Sabinus’s energy is my energy abeg. Who new Anthem epp.”


The charity match not only served as a launchpad for Williams Troost-Ekong’s charitable foundation but also became a memorable event due to the amusing struggle of celebrities with the old national anthem. The viral video continues to entertain and engage audiences online, showcasing a light-hearted side of the event.