Flag of Nigeria

Nigeria
Flag of Nigeria.svg
UseNational flag
Proportion1:2
Adopted1 October 1960
DesignA vertical bicolour triband of green, white and green
Designed byMicheal Taiwo Akinkunmi
Flag of Nigeria (state).svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseState flag
Proportion1:2
DesignA vertical bicolour triband of a green, white and green; charged with the coat of arms in the centre
Civil Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseCivil ensign
Proportion1:2
DesignA red field with the national flag, in the canton
Government Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseState ensign
Proportion1:2
DesignA blue field with the national flag, in the canton
Naval Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseNaval ensign
Proportion1:2
DesignA white field with the national flag in the canton, with the Naval seal in the fly.
Air Force Ensign of Nigeria.svg
Variant flag of Nigeria
UseAir force ensign
Proportion1:2
DesignA sky-blue field with the national flag in the canton, with the air force roundel in the fly.

The flag of Nigeria was designed in 1959 and first officially hoisted on 1 October 1960. The flag has three vertical bands of green, white, green. The two green stripes represent Nigeria's natural wealth, while the white band represents peace.

Design

The flag is an adaptation of the winning entry from Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi in a competition held in 1959. Akinkunmi was a 23-year-old student at the time he designed the flag. He was studying at Norwich Technical College in London, England, when he saw an advertisement in a newspaper that submissions were being accepted for the design of a new national flag of Nigeria. The original submission had a red radiating sun badge in the central white vertical band with a green vertical band on each side. After the badge was removed by the judges, the flag has remained unchanged. It was first officially used on 1 October 1960, the day Nigeria was granted independence from the United Kingdom.[1]

Like other countries, Nigeria has special ensigns for civil and naval vessels. Some of its states also have flags.[2]

Other Languages
العربية: علم نيجيريا
azərbaycanca: Nigeriya bayrağı
беларуская: Сцяг Нігерыі
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Сьцяг Нігерыі
Cymraeg: Baner Nigeria
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: নাইজেরিয়ার ফিরালহান
Bahasa Indonesia: Bendera Nigeria
македонски: Знаме на Нигерија
Bahasa Melayu: Bendera Nigeria
Nederlands: Vlag van Nigeria
Plattdüütsch: Flagg vun Nigeria
русский: Флаг Нигерии
Simple English: Flag of Nigeria
slovenčina: Vlajka Nigérie
српски / srpski: Застава Нигерије
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Zastava Nigerije
українська: Прапор Нігерії