Flag of Nigeria

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Nigeria
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Use National flag
Proportion 1:2
Adopted October 1, 1960
Design A vertical bicolor of green and white
Designed by Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi
Flag of Nigeria (state).svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
Use State flag
Proportion 1:2
Design A vertical bicolor of green and white, with the coat of arms in the center
Civil Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
Use Civil ensign
Proportion 1:2
Design A red field with the national flag, in the canton
Government Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
Use State ensign
Proportion 1:2
Design A blue field with the national flag, in the canton
Naval Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
Use Naval ensign
Proportion 1:2
Design white ensign with the national flag in canton, upper with Naval seal in the fly..

The Flag of Nigeria was designed in 1959 and first officially hoisted on October 1, 1960. The two unique sea-green bands represent the forests and abundant natural wealth of Nigeria while the white band represents peace.

Design[edit]

The national flag is an adaptation of the winning entry from Taiwo Akinkunmi in a competition held in 1959. The original had a red sun with streaming rays placed at the top of the white stripe. This was removed by the judges and the flag has not been altered since. Like other countries, Nigeria has special ensigns for civil and naval vessels. Some of its states also have flags.[1] The designer of the national flag was Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, a twenty three-year-old student. He was studying at Norwich Technical College in England when he saw an advertisement in a newspaper that entries were being accepted for the design of a new National flag. In 1959 Akinkunmi's design was chosen as the winner and was first officially used on October 1, 1960, Nigeria's Independence day.[2]

Gallery[edit]


Flag of the President of Nigeria
Flag of the President of Nigeria
Flag of the President as Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces
Flag of the President as Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces
Former flag of the President, adopted in 1963
Former flag of the President, adopted in 1963
Flag of the Nigerian Defence Forces
Flag of the Nigerian Defence Forces
Naval ensign of Nigeria (1960-1998)
Naval ensign of Nigeria (1960-1998)
Akinkunmi's original proposal
Akinkunmi's original proposal

Historical flags[edit]


Flag of the Royal Niger Company (1887-1888)
Flag of the Royal Niger Company (1887-1888)
Flag of the Royal Niger Company (1888-1899)
Flag of the Royal Niger Company (1888-1899)
Flag of the British West African Settlements
Flag of the British West African Settlements
Flag of the Lagos Colony (1886-1906)
Flag of the Lagos Colony (1886-1906)


Flag of the Oil Rivers Protectorate
Flag of the Oil Rivers Protectorate
Flag of the Niger Coast Protectorate
Flag of the Niger Coast Protectorate
Flag of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate (1900-1914)
Flag of the Northern Nigeria Protectorate (1900-1914)
Flag of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate (1900-1914)
Flag of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate (1900-1914)
Flag of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria (1914-1960)
Flag of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria (1914-1960)

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