The Nigerian Flag is a unique symbol of National Consciousness or National Identity. The Nigerian Flag has been in use for a long time now, over 60 years to be precise.
It is an embodiment of the history of Nigeria as well as her culture, values, norms, and beliefs. All of these were put into consideration during the process of designing the Nigerian Flag.
But, who designed the Nigerian Flag? Looking at the uniqueness and beauty of the Flag, one might assume that this great piece was constructed by a team of persons who shared ideas on how to go about it.
If you have been thinking this way, you are very wrong. The Nigerian Flag was not designed by “people”. It was designed by a one-man army. Some people know his name, while some do not know about him.
Well, Taiwo Akinkunmi, as he is called designed the Nigerian Flag. Taiwo Akinkunmi is commonly called “Mr. Flag Man” due to his achievement. He was born on 10 May 1936.
He worked as an electrical engineer during his active years, and also as a civil servant of the Federation. So how did this man end up being the one who’s given credit for designing the Nigerian Flag? Here’s your answer.
It was all a competition. In preparation for Independence, the Nigerian government organized a competition for people to design a National Flag to be used for their independence. Akinkumi’s design was selected as the best in the year 1958.
In his own words, “I took details of what is expected to design a flag that would be used by a country that was about to witness independence.” This made him take part in the competition at the time.
However, the Nigerian Flag we see today was not the original proposal of Taiwo Akinkunmi. Taiwo Akinkumi’s flag had a red boom icon at the center, which was directly on the white color. The icon was removed to make the colors of the Nigerian Flag just two.
Concept of the Nigerian Flag
Now let us see what brought about that particular design of the National Flag. The Nigerian Flag as we know has two different colors, green and white. The Flag has three vertical bands of green, white, green.
The two green stripes are known to represent the natural wealth of the nation, while the white stripe is known to represent peace and unity in the nation.
The flag has three vertical bands of green, white, green. The two green stripes represent natural wealth, and the white represents peace and unity.
Variants of the Nigerian Flag
There are variants of the National Flag which are used in different bodies of the nation. We can see them as modifications from the original design. They include;
- State Flag
- Star Ensign
- Civil Ensign
- Naval Ensign
- Air Force Ensign