Designer of Nigerian Flag, Taiwo Akinkunmi dies at 84

Taiwo Akinkunmi

Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi is a Nigerian engineer who hailed from Owu in Ogun state the designer of the Nigeria’s National flag, passed on 30 August, 2023 at the age of 84.

Taiwo Akinwumi is indigene of Owu in Abeokuta, Ogun state, but was born and grew up in Ibadan, the Oyo State.

He obtained his primary school education at Baptist Day Secondary School, Idi-Ikan, Ibadan and Ibadan Grammar School, Molete, Ibadan for his secondary education.

Taiwo as an engineer, studied electrical engineering at Norwood Technical College, London, after working briefly at the defunct Western Region Secretariat, Ibadan.

As a nationalist,  Akinkunmi was in the United Kingdom studying when he saw an advertisement in a library calling for entries on designs of the national flag, applied and emerged as the designer of the green-white-green Nigerian flag in 1958 in view of the imminent Independence from British governance, which become a reality in 1960.

As a civil servant, he worked in the agricultural department at the Secretariat in Ibadan and retired in 1994 as an Assistant Superintendent of Agriculture. 

National Honours

In September 2014, Taiwo was honoured with Officer of the Order of Federal Republic (OFR) and honorary life presidential adviser by former President Goodluck Jonathan at the Conference Centre Abuja.

He died on 30th August, 2023 at the age of 84.

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