Beninese National Anthem Lyrics

“L’Aube Nouvelle” is the national anthem of Benin and the Beninese national anthem lyrics were written by Gilbert Jean Dagnon and the music to the Beninese national anthem was composed by Gilbert Jean Dagnon.

The National Anthem Lyrics for Benin

“L’Aube Nouvelle” was officially adopted as the national anthem of Benin in the year of 1960.

Beninese National Anthem Lyrics in French

Enfants du Bénin debout!
La liberté d’un cri sonore
Chante aux premiers feux de l’aurore;
Enfants du Bénin debout!

1. Jadis à son appel, nos aieux sans faiblesse
Ont su avec courage, ardeur pleins d’allegresse
Livrer au prix du sang des combats éclatants.
Accourez vous aussi, bâtisseurs du présent,
Plus forts dans l’unité, chaqu’jour a la tache,
Pour la prosperité, construisez sans relâche.


2. Quand partout souffle un vent de clère et de haine,
Béninois, sois fier, et d’une âme sereine,
Confiant dans l’avenir, regarde ton drapeau!
Dans le vert tu liras l’espoir du renouveau,
De tes aïeux le rouge évoque le courage;
Des plus riches trésors le jaune est le présage.


3. Tes monts ensoleillés, tes palmiers, ta verdure,
Cher Bénin, partout font ta vive parure.
Ton sol offre à chacun la richesse des fruits.
Bénin, désormais que tes fils tous unis
D’un fraternel élan partagent l’espérance
De te voir à jamais heureux dans l’abondance.


Beninese National Anthem Lyrics Meaning in English

Children of Benin, arise!
The resounding cry of freedom
Is heard at the first light of dawn;
Children of Benin, arise!

1. Formerly, at her call, our ancestors
Knew how to engage in mighty battles
With strength, courage, ardour, and full of joy, but at the price of blood.
Builders of the present, you too, join forces
Each day for the task stronger in unity.
Build without ceasing for posterity.


2. When all around there blows a wind of anger and hate:
Citizen of Benin, be proud, and in a calm spirit
Trusting in the future, behold your flag!
In the green you read hope of spring;
The red signifies the courage of your ancestors;
The yellow foretells the richest treasures.


3. Beloved Benin, your sunny mountains, palm trees, and green pastures
Show everywhere your brightness;
Your soil offers everyone the richest fruits.
Benin, from henceforth your sons are united
With one brotherly spirit sharing the hope of seeing you
Enjoy abundance and happiness for ever.

Beninese National Anthem Lyrics

When is Beninese National Anthem Played or Sung?

National anthem of Benin is usually played or performed during national holidays, specifically on the independence day events in Benin. It is also carried out throughout cultural and other festivals in Benin, typically marking off the start or completion of such festivals.

National anthem of Benin is also often performed in worldwide sporting events, such as the Olympic Games as well school sport occasions.

What is the importance of Beninese National Anthem in Benin?

The national anthem of Benin, like other national symbols of Benin, represents the custom, past history, and beliefs of Benin and its people. It helps evoke sensations of patriotism amongst the Beninese individuals and advises them of their Benin’s magnificence, beauty, and rich heritage.

It also assists unite the citizens of Benin by one single track or music. During the performance of the Beninese national anthem, residents of Benin, regardless of their ethnic differences, rise up in unity and listen attentively or sing the song with great excitement.

Sports men and women from Benin also feel a great moment of gratification when they get a medal at an international sporting event while Benin’s national anthem is played in the background. It provides a feeling of having actually made their nation proud. Students who listen to the national anthem of Benin in schools learn to respect their country and develop a feeling of unity among themselves.