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NYSC anthem composer Wole Adetiran dies at 74


Wole Adetiran, the composer of the National Youth Service Corps anthem, has passed away at the age of 74.

The septuagenarian died on Friday evening, the Ogun State NYSC Coordinator, Dr Belinda Faniyi, confirmed the news to The PUNCH.

“The LGI just informed me (about the death) so I’ll let DG know,” she said.

The 74-year-old was in July 2021 visited by the NYSC Director-General, Ibrahim Shuaibu, at his house in Ibafo, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Adetiran, who composed the song in 1984, said he was moved that he was finally remembered 37 years after he composed the song.

He lamented that he had been suffering from diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and prostate cancer since 2018.

Adetiran, who studied music at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, recalled that he composed the anthem in 1984 while he was a corps member in Oyo State.