Eight things to know about designer of Nigerian flag, Taiwo Akinkunmi


 The designer of the Nigerian flag, Taiwo Akinwunmi, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 87.

Akinkunmi Samuel, his son, confirmed his father’s death on Facebook.

“Life is indeed transient; I can say boldly you live a life with a landmark. Continue to rest on, my father! Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (O.F.R) Great Man has gone,” Samuel’s post disclosed.

Here are eight things to know about the late Akinkunmi

1. Mr Taiwo Akinkunmi was born on May 10, 1936 in Ibadan, Oyo State.

2. He hailed from Owu in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

3. He attended Baptist Day Secondary School, Ibadan for his Primary education and Ibadan Grammar School for his Secondary education

4. He studied engineering at the Norwood Technical College, London.

5. He designed the Nigerian flag in 1958 and was awarded 100 pounds by the government when his design was selected.

6. He worked as a civil servant until 1994.

7. He unveiled the world’s largest national flag in Ibadan in 2021.

8. Akinkunmi was honoured with Officer of the Order of Federal Republic in 2014.