Nigeria’s Flag Designer Is Dead

By Glam & Essence


The man that designed Nigeria’s flag, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi has died.
He passed in the early hours of Tuesday,after a brief illness,as announced on Facebook by one of his children.
The Facebook post states: “Life is indeed transient; I can say boldly that you lived a life with a landmark.
Continue to rest, my father! Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (O.F.R.): A great man has gone.”
His fame came after Akinkunmi saw an advertisement in a national daily for the submission of designs for the Nigeria’s national flag as the country’s independence from British governance was close.
His submission was picked out of the over 2,000 entries submitted.
The original design of the flag has featured a white band flanked by two green ones with a red sun and streaming rays on the white band.
The sun was later removed by the committee in charge, leaving the green bands,which represents the forests and abundant natural wealth of the country, while the white band represents peace.
It was hoisted on Independence Day, October 1, 1960, in place of the British Union Jack.
Akinkunmi 100 pounds when his design was selected.
In recognition of what he did, President Goodluck Jonathan honoured with the MON (Member of the Order of the Niger) award.




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