Nigerian flag is a national symbol. It is divided into three equal parts by two vertical lines. The two extreme colours are uniformly green while there is an intervening uniformly white color between the two green colours.
History of the Nigerian Flag
The Nigeria flag was chosen in 1959 from among 2870 suggestions made in an organised competition after which that designed by Michael Taiwo Akinkumi who was a student from Ibadan was chosen. Though the original design had a red sun with streaming rays at the top of the white middle part, this was removed by the judges and the flag has not been altered since then. The flag was finally hoisted officially for the first time on Nigeria’s independence day: 1st October, 1960.
The Colours of Nigerian Flag
The colours of Nigerian flag are made to the international colour standards and they are as follows:
- SILOR international colour chart- 193-173 (Emerald Green)
- British Stand number R.F. 2660 of 1965 0-0-010
- British colour council C.C. 104-CC.105
Significance and color interpretation on Nigerian flag
The green on the flag represents agriculture as Nigeria was predominantly an agricultural country prior to the discovery of oil. The immaculate white intervening part signifies peace and unity.
Measurements and Dimensions of the Nigerian Flag
The standard dimensions of Nigerian flag are in a simple ratio of 1:2 ie the length is double the breadth. The flags are made in small, medium and big sizes.
The small Nigerian flag measures 1.2 x 0.6 meters
The medium Nigerian flag measures 1.8 x 0.9 meters
Big Nigerian flag measures2.4 meters x 1.2 meters