7 NIGERIA NATIONAL SYMBOLS AND THEIR MEANING
The federal republic of Nigeria is one referred to as the Giants of Africa. The nation has values that are particularly unique to them. The country is combination of 36 states and a federal capital territory. Nigeria has played solid role in economic development locally or internationally. The country has pride and this pride is identified by the nation symbols. However, there are so many national symbols in Nigeria. Each representing Nigeria and what her nation stands for. So many citizens have no idea of this national symbols or their meaning. Going further into it, is a list of some National symbols and the meaning.
1. NIGERIA FLAG
The Nigeria flag is one of the most important symbols in Nigeria. The flag was designed in 1959 by Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi. The flag was design during a national flag competition. The flag is indeed one of the most pronounced ways of identifying Nigerians among crowds. However the flag is shaped rectangular and designed GREEN WHITE GREEN. With green representing Agriculture and white representing peace and collective national wealth. The national flags are usually used for special occasions within and across the country. However, one can find a national flag in a bank, schools and many more. There are rules also governing the use of a national flag and these rules must be adhered to carefully.
2. NATIONAL COAT OF ARM
The national coat of arm is a unique symbol n Nigeria. The coat of arm was found in May 1960. The coat of arm is a popular design on the uniforms of several national security bodies like navy and many more. The national coat of arm consists of horses, green plants, bands and eagles. Each of these items means different things.
Black shield represents fertile soil
Two horses donates dignity
Eagle represents strength
Green band represent rich soil
White band represent beauty. Each of these put together stand as the rich diversity and cultural/historical fulfilment of the country. The Nigerian coat of Arms motto stands for “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress”.
3. NATIONAL ANTHEM
The Nigerian national anthem is standing as the essence of the historical past and accounts of how Nigeria came to be. The national anthem is commonly sung in schools and federal offices. The national anthem stands as a call to serve our father’s land. The national anthem is a bonding tool between Nigerians and the nation. However the national anthem was changes years back and replaced with the voice composition of Eme Etim Akpan, John A. Ilechwuku Sota Omoigui, P.O Aderibegbe and B.A Ogunnaike and was joined together by Benedict E. Odiase Who was the director of police at the time. The national anthem is currently during special events in Nigeria.
4. NATIONAL PLEDGE
The National pledge is recited every time on special occasions like inaugurations, in schools by students and on special occasions by players. The Nigeria national pledge is a demonstration of commitment and loyalty to working for and with the government to make a better nation. The pledge was decreed to be recited in schools across Nigeria. The pledge was drafted in 1976 by Prof Mrs Felicia Adebola.
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5. NIGERIAN NAIRA
The naira is a common currency used in Nigeria. Just like cedi is used in Ghana, dollars in America and more in other states, so is naira a common means of exchange in Nigeria. The naira note officially became in use in 1973. There are various duration of naira notes in Nigeria. Ranging from #5 (five naira) to #1000(one thousand naira) and the central bank of Nigeria is the body responsible for the inflow of naira within the country.
6. NATIONAL FLOWER
The national flower is one of the uncommon symbols Nigerians are not fully aware of. The flower is called costus spectabilis is widely seen in Africa. The flower glows with yellowish petals and have been declared an official seal of authority since 1978.
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7.NIGERIA AIR FORCES
The air forces are special federal bodies representing a cultural and historical survival of Nigeria. The navy, army, and air force work jointly under the umbrella of the air force. The air forces represent peace and unity. The forces have fought for the country and internationally for the sake of preserving peace. They are also represented as one of the national symbols.
The list above is a list of national symbols every Nigerian should know and not abuse. Each of these symbols represent a common way to identify oneself amongst others.