The Federal Government of Nigeria has expressed deep sorrow upon receiving news of the passing of Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, the visionary designer behind the iconic Nigerian national flag. Pa Akinkunmi breathed his last at the age of 84 in his family residence in Ibadan, following a brief period of illness.
In a poignant statement released on Wednesday, the Minister of Information and National Orientation conveyed the government’s grief and acknowledged the profound impact of Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi’s contribution to the nation’s unity. The Minister remarked, “I am particularly saddened over the news of the demise of Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, a national icon, whose contribution to national unity will remain indelible.”
The Minister emphasized that Pa Akinkunmi’s passing coincides with a pivotal juncture in Nigeria’s journey toward peace, development, and lasting national reconciliation. The Minister acknowledged that the nation will undoubtedly feel the void left by the visionary’s contributions.
With heartfelt conviction, the Minister stated, “I am confident that Pa Akinkunmi will continue to live in the minds of Nigerians for generations to come.” The Minister underscored the significance of the national flag, an emblem that holds a revered place in Nigeria’s identity. It is through his ingenious design that Pa Akinkunmi engraved his name in the annals of the nation’s history.
In light of this poignant moment, the Minister seized the opportunity to extend sincere condolences to Pa Akinkunmi’s immediate family. He fervently prayed for the strength and resilience of his loved ones as they navigate this significant loss.
The passing of Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi marks not only the end of an era but also the continuation of his legacy through the enduring emblem he created. The Nigerian national flag stands not just as a symbol of the nation but as a testament to Pa Akinkunmi’s enduring influence on the country’s history and identity. As the nation mourns his departure, his indomitable spirit and contributions will be cherished and celebrated for generations to come.