Renowned Nigerian national hero and the creative mind behind Nigeria’s flag, Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (O.F.R), has passed away at the age of 84. The news of his demise was shared through his official Facebook account on the morning of August 30, 2023.
Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi’s indelible contribution to Nigeria’s identity and history lies in the vibrant green and white flag he designed. The flag, composed of two horizontal bands of green and white, has been an emblem of unity and independence for the nation since it was adopted upon Nigeria’s independence in 1960.
Born on May 10, 1939, Pa Akinkunmi’s creative brilliance shone when he conceptualized the flag’s design at the age of 19 in 1959. His dedication to his homeland and his artistic ingenuity converged to create a symbol that would stand the test of time.
As Nigerians mourn the loss of this visionary figure, they also celebrate the lasting impact he has had on their country. Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi’s flag will continue to flutter in the winds of Nigeria, reminding the nation and the world of the unity, hope, and strength he helped instill in the heart of his homeland.
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