Flag of Nigeria

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Nigeria
Flag of Nigeria.svg
UseNational flag
Proportion1:2
Adopted1 October 1960
DesignA vertical bicolour triband of green, white and green
Designed by Micheal Taiwo Akinkunmi
Flag of Nigeria (state).svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseState flag
Proportion1:2
DesignA vertical bicolour triband of a green, white and green; charged with the coat of arms in the centre
Civil Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseCivil ensign
Proportion1:2
DesignA red field with the national flag, in the canton
Government Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseState ensign
Proportion1:2
DesignA blue field with the national flag, in the canton
Naval Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseNaval ensign
Proportion1:2
DesignA white field with the national flag in the canton, with the Naval seal in the fly.
Air Force Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseAir force ensign
Proportion1:2
DesignA sky-blue field with the national flag in the canton, with the air force roundel in the fly.

The flag of Nigeria was designed in 1959 and first officially hoisted on 1 October 1960. The flag has three vertical bands of green, white, green. The two green stripes represent Nigeria’s natural wealth, while the white band represents peace.

Design[edit]

The flag is an adaptation of the winning entry from Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi in a competition held in 1959. Akinkunmi was a 23-year-old student at the time he designed the flag. He was studying at Norwich Technical College in London, England, when he saw an advertisement in a newspaper that submissions were being accepted for the design of a new national flag of Nigeria. The original submission had a red radiating sun badge in the central white vertical band with a green vertical band on each side. After the badge was removed by the judges, the flag has remained unchanged. It was first officially used on 1 October 1960, the day Nigeria was granted independence from the United Kingdom.[1]

Like other countries, Nigeria has special ensigns for civil and naval vessels. Some of its states also have flags.[2]

Colour specifications[edit]

Colour scheme Green White
RAL
None
9003
Signal white
CMYK 100.0.39.47 0.0.0.0
Hexadecimals #008753 #FFFFFF
Decimals 0,135,83 255,255,255

Government flags[edit]

Historical flags[edit]

Subnational flags[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Nigeria: One Nation, Many Flags

External links[edit]