National symbols are very important parts of a country’s representation to both the citizens and the international community. They are the signs, marks and objects through which a country is recognised.
These examples of the National symbols:
- The Nigeria Flag.
- The Nigerian national anthem.
- The Nigerian international passports.
- The Nigerian national pledge.
- The Nigerian currency.
- The Nigerian constitution.
- The Nigeria National ID card.
Nigeria have been passed through colonialism amalgamation and the fight for nationalism which led to independence has had a great cause for symbolizing growth and development.
From the archaeologist perspective, Nigeria is also known to be one of the oldest origins of human existence in Africa, and no matter the trials the country passes through it has been known to preserve its national culture, symbol, and heritage.
This is because this symbol tells our stories presently uneven to the unborn generation not just Nigeria it is also a key attribute for any country however I’m going to give you a short description for what these symbols stand for.
We’ll still talk about the coat of arm of the federal republic of Nigeria so now let’s talk about the national anthem.
This is regarded as one of the most significant symbols of every nation Nigeria’s own is very unique.
This is because Nigerians anthem is not just a song it encompasses the story and the history of Nigeria. that is why people show the utmost respect by standing up whenever the national anthem is being sung.
Nigeria’s current national anthem was written by Benedict Odiase who was the ex-director of police. He and his band had composed this anthem.
The national pledge and this is very common among not just footballers on the field but students of primary schools who happily recite it without knowing the lyrics of the recitation.
The national pledge what is known to have been composed by a highly honoured professor – Mrs. Felicia Adebola Adedoyin. Who was born on 6th November 1938 in Oyo State.
It was in June of 1976 and that same month it got published in Daily Times. By September, General Olusegun Obasanjo mandated all schools in Nigeria to know it and recite it on assembly ground every morning.
Naira is not to be an important symbol of Nigeria as a nation because it is the medium of transaction for both the local and foreign exchange market.
Nigeria’s naira is made up of 100 kobos and this currency is being controlled by the Central Bank of Nigeria who determines the supply, outflow, inflow, and distribution of this currency and including the processing of the currency into banknotes.
Nigerian armed forces
the Nigerian armed forces is very powerful and I have involved in several peacekeeping missions for the United Nations and also to maintain unity in Africa.
Men from this military and also ruled Nigeria in the past this however led to a total overhaul of the Democratic system of governance and embezzlement of public funds because they are meant for arms and not for governance. Have a Nigerian army ranks as one of the best in Africa in terms of land soldiers.
Nigerian coat of arms is a symbol that represents the major factors of the Nigerian government which state power, authority and national unity.
It is a very crucial symbol of the Nigerian government which got adopted officially in 1975.
However, before this coat of arm got adopted officially in 1975, each constituent of the country has its own coat of arm.
This is because in a true federal system of government, each component of the system is authorized to have its own coat of arms, flag, police and other government systems.
However, it’s not permitted to have a separate currency or armed forces as all components share the same from the Federal government.
To date, the designer of the Nigerian coat of arms is not yet known to the public but national symbols such as the Nigerian flag has been known to be designed by a student named Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi.
This happened after he won a national competition in 1959. However, another report states that a Bahamian clergyman and artist who was popularly recognized as Rev. Dr. Hervis L. Bain Jr designed the coat of arms.
The coat of arm of the federal republic of Nigeria is a unique design the rivers around the black shirt with two white lines shaped as the letter ‘Y’.
The Nigerian coat of arm consists of an eagle on the top of the black shield, two white horses by the side of the shield.
An important aspect of the coat of arm is the green grass where the shield rests.
The iconic coat of arm of Nigeria has been analyzed to have 7 significant features that is known to be an essence of virtue that represents the Nigerian government.
Because there is no official document explaining the significance of the symbols on the coat of arm these are the perceived meaning of the features;
1. A black shield
The Black shield with a wavy white pall: according to perception the black shield on which the eagle and the horses rest on representing the fertile soil of Nigeria while the way the white pall at the center of the shield that is shaped like the letter Y is there a presentation of Nigeria’s major rivers which is notable for in Africa and the river Niger And river venue.
In Africa, these great Rivers come to be one of the largest rivers after the river Nile and river Congo-chambesi. River Niger is known to be the third-largest river that is in Africa.
However both river benue and river Niger met at lokoja where they formed a confluence and that is why the white wavy pall forms like the letter Y.
2. Two supporting horses
It is said that these two horses that support the black shield represent the dignity of the country.
3. The eagle
The eagle on the shield is a representation of Nigeria’s strength and pride.
4. Grassy field with yellow flowers
The beautiful yellow flowers that sprung up from the grassy field is known as Costus spectabilis and it is widely recognised as Nigerian national flower because it’s found all over the country. This field with flowers represent the beauty of the country.
5. The band with green and white colours on the shield:
This band with two colours green and white the black shield is said to represent the bountiful agricultural strength of Nigeria as we have the fertile Lands for cultivation.
6 .Banderole with Nigeria’s national motto:
This banderole at the base of the shield that bubbly without the National motto which is unity and Faith, peace and joy was formed in 1978 after the former motto – peace, unity,freedom.