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Designer Of The Nigerian National Flag Is Dead; Late Taiwo Akinkunmi’s Family Calls On FG To Honour Him With State Burial

Designer Of The Nigerian National Flag Is Dead; Late Taiwo Akinkunmi'S Family Calls On Fg To Honour Him With State Burial, Yours Truly, News, April 13, 2024

Mr. Akinkunmi said he feels the loss of his father incredibly. He believed that his father’s passing created a void only God could fill. He described his father as a brilliant and intellectual man from a young age, which helped him receive a scholarship to study abroad and earn other accolades. Akinkunmi said,

I believe that we don’t need to mourn him because he played his part well. He got to his bus stop ceremoniously in life and got down peacefully. “But we want the Federal Government to give him a befitting burial. “Also, we are going to miss his fatherly advice, friendliness and kindness to everyone around him,”

Olaniran Shofela, a Family Head and Community Leader from Abiodun’s Compound at Oke Ago-Owu in Abeokuta, revealed that the late Akinkunmi was not from Ibadan or Ekiti, as speculated. According to Shofela, Akinkunmi remained a source of pride for his family and the people of Owu in Abeokuta. This was because he accomplished something unique in the history of Nigeria.

“Nobody will write the history of Nigeria today without mentioning his name because his effort had made him to occupy a conspicuous place in the history of Nigeria as a whole. “His ingenuity came to bear when his national flag design emerged overall best out of numerous designs in a competition that was devoid of corruption,”

Shofela encouraged young people to follow in Akinkunmi’s footsteps by prioritizing service, hard work, and integrity over money. He pointed out that Akinkunmi’s legacy of service, humility, and integrity was celebrated during his lifetime and after his death. Shofela emphasized that such values are essential for a meaningful and fulfilling life.

“Our youths nowadays worship money too much, as if money is everything. “If the late Akinkunmi had also worshipped money like our youths, many people would have forgotten him today because he would have just belonged to a class for a short period before being consigned to the trash bin, “The younger generation should take things easy and imbibe the spirit of patriotism and humility. They should be contented, show respect and be ready to learn from elderly people,”

Designer Of The Nigerian National Flag Is Dead; Late Taiwo Akinkunmi'S Family Calls On Fg To Honour Him With State Burial, Yours Truly, News, April 13, 2024

It was reported by the media that Taiwo Akinkunmi passed away on Tuesday at the age of 87 following a brief illness associated with old age. He is survived by three children: Akinremi, Folake Oloyede (Mrs), and Akinwumi. Akinkunmi attended the Baptist Day Primary School in Ibadan for his primary education and Ibadan Grammar School for his secondary education. He began his career as a civil servant at the Oyo State Secretariat in Ibadan before studying Agricultural Engineering at the Norway Technical College. While abroad, he saw a newspaper advertisement 1958 calling for designs for the Nigerian national flag. Nigeria, then under British Colonial rule, was on the brink of gaining its independence to become a sovereign country. Akinkunmi’s design was chosen as the winner from numerous entries submitted, and the flag was officially hoisted on October 1, 1960, replacing the British Union Jack.

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