By Suoyo Ekubo
The designer of the Nigerian Flag, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, has died at the age of 87. His son, Akinkunmi Akinwumi Samuel, announced his demise via his Facebook page on Wednesday.
He wrote, “Life is indeed transient; I can say boldly you live a life with a landmark. Continue to rest on, my father! Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (O.F.R) Great Man has gone.”
Akinkunmi was 23 years when he designed the Nigerian Flag and he was awarded 100 pounds by the government when his design was selected as the Nigerian flag.
He was a Nigerian civil servant commonly referred to as Mr. Flag Man. Akinkunmi was also honoured with the Order of Federal Republic award by President Goodluck Jonathan.