Who designed the Nigerian coat of arms?

National symbols have a deep meaning for anyone who considers himself a patriot. They inspire the pride of the homeland in a person's heart. From this article, you will learn who designed the Nigerian coat of arms and what its elements mean.

Along with the flag, the national coat of arms signifies the important values of the people who honor it. The images have changed over the course of time For example, in the colonial era, Nigeria had an emblem that is not being used today.

It is quite interesting that the Nigerian national symbols were developed by a student. They were approved after our country has gained its independence in 1960 and have not changed to this day.

History of Nigerian coat of arms

A process of coming up with elements that describes the Nigerian people began when the British Empire still ruled our lands as a colony. Among the elements of the old coat of arms was the name of the country. The colonial flag was painted blue just as it is in other colonies. In the corner was the coat of arms of Britain indicating its supreme power.

In addition, there was an image of a six-pointed star with a crown in the middle of the background of a red circle. Despite the fact that the sign is similar to David's star, it is erroneous to connect it with Judaism.

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This flag was supposed to show that the Nigerians were subject to the command of Britain but remained a strong and proud nation with an official name. Despite the fact that many people spoke the local languages, the word "Nigeria" was written in English.

In 1959, new national symbols were created. A student, M.Т Akinkunmi won the competition for the best design of the coat of arms for an independent Nigeria. His work was accepted with minor additions and improvements.

What do the elements of the coat of arms mean?

The emblem is a complex composition consisting of many elements. Each of them has important meaning:

We hope that the above information was interesting to you. With these symbols on the coat of arms, Nigeria can be considered united and strong while also gentle and warm when need be.

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