The national symbols represent the varied customary beliefs of the people of Nigeria and have been part of its heritage for a very long time.
The symbols of Nigeria depicts the stages that has been involved in the transition of the old Nigeria to the new Nigeria it showcases the faith we have in the country, our hope and determination to succeed and they also represent past and present milestones we have and may encounter in the course of building the brand "Nigeria"
First on the list of National symbols of Nigeria is the national flag.
The Nigeria national flag was designed by Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi in 1959. Taiwo then was a student in England when he saw the advertisement on national daily that entries were being accepted for the design of a better national flag.
He quickly prepared his entries which was finally accepted as the best after a thorough consideration. The flag was publicly displayed for the first time in 1960 during Nigeria Independence From British Colonization the flag also earned the designer a cash price of 100 pounds.
The two greenish left and right in the National flag of Nigeria represents Nigeria's vast forest and agriculture, the abundant national wealth and its lush and arable vegetation while the white at the center represents peace and unity (absolute serenity)
Second on the list of National symbols of Nigeria is the National coat of arms.
The Nigerian coat of arms features an eagle mounted on a black shield, which is trisected by two wavy bands. Two white horses support the shield, and at its base is a wreath of coctus spectabilis flowers created in the national colors of white and green.
The black shield represents the fertile soil while the 'Y' shaped silvery bands represents the Niger and Benue Rivers, Which flows differently but joined at a certain point to form the main inland waterways in Nigeria.
The eagle stands for strength and the two opposing horses symbolize dignity and strength.
The coctus spectabilis is a colorful flower, which grows wildly in Nigeria. It is a very common sight in the Guinea SavannaThe Nigeria anthem as a the most popular of all the national symbols of Nigeria, the national anthem was composed by a British lady initially (miss Williams) which was adopted at our independent in 1960 but replaced on 1 October 1978. The new national anthem was composed by Mr. Ben Odiase, who was then the director of music in Nigeria police band. The National anthem of Nigeria uplifts the faith of Every Nigeria; it reminds us of our goals and revives us to keep build the nation until it stands mightily.
Here is the national symbol of Nigeria
Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey To serve our fatherland With love and strength and faith The labor of our heroes past Shall never be in vain To serve with heart and might One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity. Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause; Guide our leaders right; Help our Youth the truth to know In love and honesty to grow And living just and true Great lofty heights attain To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign.Last on the list is the national pledge of Nigeria
I pledge to Nigeria my country To be faithful, loyal and honest To serve Nigeria with all my strength To defend her unity and uphold her honor and glory So help me God.
Well, that is all I could gather on the symbols of Nigeria. Like I initially stated; this symbols reminds us who we are, where we are and where we are going. But most importantly, we muster up zeal and enthusiasm to keep pushing on each time we are confronted with one of the national symbols of Nigeria.
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