Nigeria mourns the loss of an iconic figure as Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi (O.F.R), the venerable designer of the country’s flag, breathes his last.
In the somber wake of a brief ailment, Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, aged 93, departed from this world in the early hours of a Tuesday. His departure marks the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy that has woven itself into the very fabric of Nigeria’s national identity.
Pa Akinkunmi’s life story is one of inspiration and creativity. Born in 1930, he would later etch his name in the annals of Nigerian history by conceiving the flag that would symbolize the nation’s unity and aspirations. Crafted in 1959 when Nigeria was on the cusp of becoming an independent nation, the flag’s green and white colors mirrored the nation’s lush landscapes and the hope that came with newfound freedom.
The passing of Pa Akinkunmi has left a void that will be felt deeply across the nation. His dedication to the artistic representation of Nigeria’s spirit and resilience will forever be cherished. His flag, with its vertical triband of green-white-green and a centered white eagle, continues to flutter as a testament to his vision.
As Nigerians reflect on his contributions, it’s evident that Pa Akinkunmi’s legacy extends beyond the tangible representation of the flag. He embodied the essence of what it means to be a true patriot-someone who contributes to the collective identity with unwavering devotion.
In these times of mourning, it’s important to remember that while Pa Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi may have left the mortal realm, his legacy will remain an integral part of Nigeria’s narrative. His creation, the Nigerian flag, will continue to unite the nation under its vibrant hues, reminding all that the spirit of unity and progress he envisioned lives on.