List of Nigeria National Symbols

Nigeria  national symbols are symbols of entity that project the Nation to the world as a United National community.  National symbols intend to unite people by creating visual, verbal, or iconic representations of the national people, values, goals, or history.

These set of symbols are often rallied around as part of celebrations of patriotism or aspiring nationalism (such as independence, autonomy or separation movements) and are designed to be inclusive and representative of all the people of the national community.

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Below is the list of the Nigeria national symbols and brief information about each of them


Nigerian Flag

The Flag of Nigeria was designed in 1959 and was officially hoisted on October 1, 1960. The flag is a horizontal bi-color of green and white. The two green stripes represent Nigeria agricultural wealth, while the white band represents peace and unity. the flag was designed by Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi during a National Flag Design Competition.


Nigeria Coat of Arms

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Nigerian Coat of Arm

The Nigeria coat of arms was adopted in May 1960, The coat of arms is represented by a shield, two wavy bands, two horses, an eagle and some plants at the foot of the shield. Each image in the picture has a symbolic meaning, The black shield represents Nigeria’s fertile soil, while the two horses or chargers on each side represent dignity. The eagle represents strength, while the green and white bands on the top of the shield represent the rich soil.

The motto of Nigeria “Unity and Faith” is written on the Coat of Arms.


National Anthem and Pledge

The Nigerian National anthem was adopted in 1978.

It was replaced by the current version in 1960 British lady (Mrs Williams).   The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.

The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict E. Odiase. The anthem uplifts the faith of Every Nigeria and reminds us of our goals.


National Anthem

Arise O’ Compatriots,
Nigeria’s call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labours of our heroes past Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom,
peace and unity

Oh God of Creation, direct our noble cause,
Guide (thou) our leaders right,
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign


National Pledge

I pledge to Nigeria my country
To be faithful loyal an honest
To serve Nigeria with all my strength
To defend her unity
And uphold her honour and glory
So help me God

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