Irabor, Pa Akinwunmi unveils world largest flag
The World’s Largest Flag covering an area of 3,275.6 square meters with a length of 75.3 meters and a width of 43.5 meters has been unveiled in Nigeria.
The private event took place at the Polo Ground in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Thursday.
The process to certify this achievement has begun and should be concluded before the flag is hoisted in Ibadan later this year.
The unveiling was attended by members of Pa. Taiwo Akinkunmi’s family, close friends, Timi Dakolo and media representatives.
The Octogenarian also gave special recognition to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, for surprising and honouring him.
Speaking at the event, Irabor said: “Let us 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.”
Pa Akinkunmi said “I have always dreamt about Nigeria being at the forefront of every good thing.”
Explaining how he became the one to design the flag Pa Akinkunmi who was born on May 10, 1936 said the journey to creating Nigeria’s national flag started about 63 years ago when he was studying Electrical Engineering at Norwood Technical College in London.
Akinwunmi said he saw a newspaper advert calling on people to enter a competition to design the Nigerian flag. He mailed his submission to Lagos in 1959 and in October of the following year, received a letter inviting him to the London Office of the Commissioner for Nigeria in the United Kingdom, where he was told that his green and white design had been selected.
The Guinness world record for the largest flag to be flown was held by the United Arab Emirate, which covered an area of 2,448.6 square meters.