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