Who is Taiwo Akinkunmi – A nonagenarian who designed Nigerian flag, Pa. Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (OFR), is dead.
Pa. Akinkunmi, aged 93, died in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness. His demise was announced via the Facebook account of one of his children.
He wrote, “Life is indeed transient; I can say boldly that you live a life with a landmark. Continue to rest, my father! Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (O.F.R.): Great Man has gone.”
Here thing to know about Taiwo Akinwumi:
- Pa Akinwumi, a native of Abeokuta, Ogun State, was born on May 10, 1936, but lived in Ibadan until his demise.
- He attended Baptist Day Secondary School, Ibadan, for his Primary education and Ibadan Grammar School, Ibadan, for his Secondary education.
- He started his career as a Civil Servant at the Secretariat of Ibadan and later travelled overseas to study Agricultural Engineering at Norway Technical College.
- He has also been honoured with the MON (Member of the Order of the Niger) Award by President Goodluck Jonathan.
- In 1958, during his stay abroad, Akinkunmi stumbled upon an advertisement in a national daily calling for the submission of designs for the Nigerian national flag in view of Nigeria's imminent Independence from British governance.
- His entry was adjudged the best among the roughly 2,000 entries submitted.
- The original design of the flag featured a white band flanked by two green ones, and a red sun with streaming rays was located on the white band.
- The sun was eventually done away with by the overseeing committee to produce the present design.
- Akinkunmi's design was selected because of its ingenuity and profundity (the green bands represent the forests and abundant natural wealth of the country, while the white band represents peace).
- The flag was officially hoisted on Independence Day (October 1, 1960) instead of the British Union Jack.
- Akinkunmi was awarded 100 pounds by the government when his design was selected.