ECOWAS gets Anthem

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigerian Professor of music, Laz Ekwueme has won the prize for the lyrics of an anthem for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
ECOWAS communications director Adrienne Diop told PANA in Dakar Sunday that Ekwueme's entry was approved at the just-ended 25th ordinary Summit of the sub-regional organisation, held in the Senegalese capital.
A multi-national jury, which met in Abuja in May, had recommended the entry from among 65 submitted by candidates from five countries - Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
The two-stanza winning entry from Ekwueme, who recently retired from the University of Lagos, dwells on West Africa's rich historical culture, as well as abundant human and material resources.
It underscores the urgency for solidarity and integration.
"West African States, of historic solidarity, Come, unite and develop a buoyant economy.
Freedom returning from the yokes of past captivity, New West Africa becomes the Economic Community," the lyrics read, concluding: "Ever progress happily in ECOWAS.
" For his effort, Ekwueme will get 4,000-dollar prize money.
Diop said the cash prize would be presented to Ekwueme in 2002.
The music to go with the lyrics of the anthem for the 15-nation Community, which boasts some 230 million people, was produced by Commandant Falou Wade of the Senegalese Armed Forces.
ECOWAS, with headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, was set up in 1975 to foster economic integration within the sub-region.

23 december 2001 16:17:00

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