1. Teach me thy best that all the world may know,

What it is to have come from thee,

Teach me that I into the world may go,

Struggling ever for thy fame, Igbobi,

Refrain: “Give me a torch, which shall shine

And pour on all afar and near

Its radiance divine

Let hill and vale these tidings bear

Wherever there’s an Igbobian

There also is a noble Nigerian.”

  1. Teach me that I the word of God mighty to save

Everyone from lure of sin and sty.

Teach me that I may grow up kind and brave

Self-denying for the poor and needy.                  

Refrain: “Give me a torch,…

  1. Give me such knowledge necessary for bliss

As will make my life’s career a jewel:

Not only subjects called Humanities

But those called the Sciences must join in.

Refrain:          “Give me a torch,…

  1. Teach me those habits of a gentleman

As will make me clean and quick and clear

Teach me to play my part well in a plan

And in sports to win or lose with fair cheer

Refrain:          “Give me a torch,…

  1. So shall it be that, having learnt thy best,

I shall proudly claim to have come from thee.

And when from thee into the world I’ve passed

I will struggle for thy fame, Igbobi.

Refrain: “Give me a torch, which shall shine

And pour on all afar and near

Its radiance divine

Let hill and vale these tidings bear

Wherever there’s an Igbobian

There also is a noble Nigerian.”

 

Words By: O. O. ORUWARI (1943 Set)

 

Music By: T. Nelson-Williams (1945)