The Nigerian Flag
The modern Nigerian flag was first flown on October 1 1960, having been designed the year before. The flag design was the result of an international competition to determine what the new flag of Nigeria would be in the wake of its newfound independence from the United Kingdom. The designer of the flag was a Nigerian student studying abroad at the time named Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi. The original design harbored the emblem of a sun in its center, but this was later removed by contest judges in favor of a simpler design.
The flag can be described as three vertical columns, with the far left and far right columns being composed of the color green, and the middle column being entirely white. The green color of the flag is said to symbolize forests and abundant natural wealth of Nigeria, while the white color of the flag is said to represent peace and unity.
Nigeria is a country located in the western region of Africa. To its north lay the nation of Niger. To its west is the nation of Togo. And to its east are the nations of Chad and Cameroon. The capital of Nigeria is Abuja, and the country itself is home to over 170 million residents.
A major Nigerian industry is its oil industry, as it supplies a fifth of the entire United States demand for oil. The country has an abundant array of natural resources, including minerals such as bauxite, coal, natural gas, and gold. The national anthem of Nigeria is entitled "Arise, O Compatriots".