The world’s largest flag covering an area of 3,275 square meters has been unveiled in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The flag was created by the designer of the Nigerian Flag, Pa. Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, a retired Nigerian civil servant.
The flag has a length of 75.3 meters and a width of 43.5 meters.
The flag was unveiled on Thursday, 24 June 2021 by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor.
Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor and the flag creator Pa. Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi during the unveiling ceremony of the World’s Largest Flag In Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
Before the unveiling, the Guinness world record for the largest flag was held by the United Arab Emirate which covers an area of 2,448.6 square meters.
General Irabor during the unveiling said the flag is a symbol of United Nigeria and should send a signal of unity to all Nigerians.
He urged Nigerians to, “always remember that the flag is not a mere symbol of Nigeria, it is a symbol of a United Nigeria. Let us work together for unity and love in the country.”
Pa Akinkunmi designed the Nigerian flag in October 1959, when he was barely 23.
Speaking at the unveiling of the world’s largest flag, Pa Akinkunmi, now 85 years old, said the journey to creating Nigeria’s national flag started when he was studying Electrical Engineering at Norwood Technical College in London, United Kingdom.
He said: “I have always dreamt about Nigeria being at the front of every good thing and I am proud to be part of this historical event.”
Aerial view of the world’s largest flag.
The unveiling was attended by members of officers of the Nigerian Army led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Irabor; Pa. Taiwo Akinkunmi’s family members; Nigerian music artiste, Timi Dakolo, among other dignitaries.