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Independence: Jonathan Appoints National Flag Creator Adviser



After years of historic initiative, the creator of the Nigeria Green, White and Green national flag, Taiwo Akinkunmi, has been appointed a Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan.

Akinkunmi, in his capacity as SA to President Jonathan has been placed on a lifetime salary.

The national flag is an adaptation of the winning entry from Taiwo Akinkunmi in a competition held in 1959.


Akinwunmi’s original proposal

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.

The designer, Akinkunmi, was a twenty three-year-old student then. 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.[




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