President Goodluck Jonathan today appointed Pa Taiwo Akinwunmi who designed the Nigerian national flag on the salary of a special adviser. This was made known by the special adviser to the president on new media, Reno Omokri.
President Jonathan earlier decorated Akinwunmi with a national award before he announced that the ageing national hero would be placed on salary scale of a special adviser.
The national flag is an adaptation of the winning entry from Taiwo Akinkunmi in a competition held in 1959. The original had a red sun with streaming rays placed at the top of the white stripe. This was removed by the judges and the flag has not been altered since.
Taiwo-AkinkunmiThe designer of the
The designer of the national flag was Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, a twenty three-year-old student. He was studying at Norwich Technical College in England when he saw an advertisement in a newspaper that entries were being accepted for the design of a new National flag.
In 1959 Akinkunmi’s design was chosen as the winner and was first officially used on October 1, 1960, Nigeria’s Independence day.