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Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, who historically designed the Nigerian flag, has sadly passed on. He was born on May 10, 1936, and transitioned on August 29, 2023. His legacy, however, lives on as he will forever be celebrated as the brilliant mind behind Nigeria’s iconic national flag. This remarkable achievement etched his name indelibly in Nigeria’s history, long before his departure from this realm.
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His creative genius came to life in 1959, a pivotal period as Nigeria embarked on its journey to independence from British colonial rule, ultimately achieving sovereignty on October 1, 1960. It was during this momentous era that Taiwo Akinkunmi crafted the masterpiece, the Nigerian flag. His design elegantly features two vibrant green vertical stripes that gracefully embrace a central white stripe. This emblematic flag carries profound symbolism: the lush green symbolizes Nigeria’s abundant vegetation and rich natural resources, while the pristine white stripe embodies the ideals of peace and unity, transcending the nation’s rich tapestry of diverse ethnicities and religions.
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The Taiwo Akinkunmi design emerged as the triumphant choice from a pool of submissions during a national competition, celebrated for its elegant simplicity and profound symbolism. His enduring legacy is the official flag of Nigeria, a timeless symbol of the nation’s sovereignty and unity.
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While the details of his personal life may remain shrouded in obscurity, Taiwo Akinkunmi’s lasting contribution to Nigeria’s national identity through his iconic flag design is universally acknowledged and cherished. His memory will forever be honoured, and his legacy shall continue to inspire generations to come. Featured Image Source: Punch Newspapers
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This article was first published on 30th August 2023


I am a poet. I am a moderate thinker who abhors radicalism on every front and believes that most things are relative. I am a social and political critic. I love writing, reading and international politics.

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