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The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has proposed to adopt the traditional signal, Star of David, in the Biafran Flag.
The review of the old Biafran flag was announced by the group’s leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on Tuesday via its official social platforms.
Kanu, who referred the anticipating modified flag as ‘beautiful and thought-provoking’ in view to get suggestions from the general public, particularly IPOB members and Biafrans at large, said the reason being to acknowledge the Eri heritage.
Understanding the Biafran flag
The Biafran flag, in accordance with Wikipedia, was designed by Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League and has a similar look with the flag of Malawi.
The flag of the then republic of Biafra, SCANNEWS24 gathered, comprises of a flat tricolour of red, black, and green, charged with a golden rising sun over a golden bar.
The Red which appeared on the top represents the blood of those slaughtered in northern Nigeria and in the resulting Nigeria-Biafra war.
The Black, which is noticed within the center also signifies mourning and memory of the fallen Heroes and Heroine of Biafra.
The Green, seen below the Black, denotes prosperity whereas the half of a yellow/golden sun depicts a glorious future.
The sun has eleven rays, embodying the eleven regions/provinces of Biafra.
Tracing through Nigerian flag of 1914-1960
The Flag of Nigeria between 1914 and 1960 was a British blue ensign with a green Star of David enveloping a Tudor Crown (later changed to a St Edward’s Crown in 1953) with the white phrase “Nigeria” below it on a red disc.
It was recognized by the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria commemorating the amalgamation of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate.
Brief History of the then Nigerian flag
The colonial flag of Nigeria was adopted in 1914 following the amalgamation of Southern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria. It was first suggested by the first Governor-General of Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard as a symbol of the unification of Nigeria and because of the Seal of Solomon which was related to the native Igbo Jews.
The Star of David had already been in use in Nigeria through the British rule due to the Igbo Jews who have been featured on coins of the British West African pound.
This was confirmed within the 1917 discovery of a bronze Star of David associated with the Igbo Jews in Aguleri, the free encyclopedia, Wiki noted.
The crest on the flag was additionally used on the flag of the Governor-General of Nigeria.