The history of the formation of the modern flag of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is quite entertaining. Nigeria is the largest country by population in Africa. For a long time it was a colony of great Britain, and at the same time it had the first flag.
History of the flag
The flag looked like a blue cloth, in the upper left corner was depicted the flag of great Britain, and in the center of the canvas was painted hexagonal star with a crown inside, with the inscription Nigeria in English.
A little later, this symbol became the official emblem of the colony. According to historical records, in 1901 the first Governor of the protectorate Kontagora – Lord Frederick Lugard, after capture by the local Emirate, in the Treasury of the Emir, was found a beautiful pitcher with the emblem on the side. The Governor liked the symbol so much that he decided to make it official and use it on all documents.
Modern version of the flag
In October 1960, the government of Nigeria declared its independence, on the same day-October 1 was approved by the government flag, which is relevant to this day. At that time, the authorities decided to give the population the opportunity to choose the symbols of the national flag, and arranged a review of proposals on a competitive basis. The winner was Michael tyvo Akinkunmi from Ibadan, he studied English and the flag was adopted as an official symbol.