Monday, September 29, 2014

President Jonathan places Nigerian flag designer, Pa. Akinkunmi on a life salary

President Goodluck Jonathan and Taiwo Akinkunmi

President Goodluck Jonathan has placed Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, the designer of the Nigerian Flag, on the salary of a Special Assistant forever.

Taiwo Akinkunmi is a retired Nigerian civil servant born on 10 May 1936 and famous for designing the Flag of Nigeria.

In 1959, Akinkunmi, a 23-year-old student studying at Norwich Technical College in England saw an advertisement in a newspaper that entries were being accepted for the design of a new National flag and he entered the competition. His original design had a red sun with streaming rays placed at the top of the white stripe. This was removed by the judges.

Akinkunmi's design was chosen as the winner and was first officially used on October 1, 1960, Nigeria's Independence day.

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