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Federal Republic of Nigeria

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[Flag of Nigeria]
by Antonio Martins

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Description of the flag

According to Pedersen in "The International Flag Book in Color" (English Edition, 1971) the Nigerian National and Merchant Flag and Jack was "Chosen in 1959 from among 2870 suggestions in a competition; it was designed by a student from Ibadan, Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi. The green panels represent agriculture; the white, peace and unity." In "Flags Through the Ages and Across the World" by Whitney Smith, 1975, this flag was first officially hoisted 1 October, 1960, Nigeria's date of independence. So the flag that was adopted in 1959 didn't become the official flag of the country until Nigeria became an official country on 1 October 1960.
nick artimovich, 5 Feb 1996

Original proposal had a red sun on the white field, but that was not accepted.
zeljko heimer, 6 Feb 1996

The Nigerian national flag is green, under with standard No. BF of 1955 it is chart 0-0-10, under The British Colour Council it is clasified as CC104-CC105, and under SILOR international color chart is classified as 193-173 (Source: Federal Ministry of Information).
jaume olle, 15 Jul 199?

Civil ensign

[Civil Ensign of Nigeria]

Nigerian civil ensign - red with national flag in canton. W. Smith doesn't mention it in the book, and states that both civil and merchant vessels use national flag. ratio 1:2?
zeljko heimer, 4-JUL-1996

Jan Zrzavy mentions that "Flaggkarta" (Lantmäteriet - Kartförlaget, 1995 (Swedish)) shows the civil ensign as red with the national flag in the canton.
ole andersen 14-MAY-1998

Air Force Fin Flash

[NAF fin flash] by Dov Gutterman and Zeljko Heimer

NAF uses a square national flag as fin flash
Dov Gutterman, 11 Oct 1999

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