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Nigerian flag unveiled in Ibadan not largest in the world as reported in the media

Source: BellaNaija 4 mins read

Claim: World’s largest flag unveiled in Ibadan 

The claim that the flag unveiled in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, covering an area 3,275 meters, is the largest in the world, is false. 

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The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor; the designer of the Nigerian flag, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, members of his family, close friends and country music idol, Timi Dakolo on Thursday June 24, 2021 unveiled what was reported as the world’s largest flag at the Polo ground in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. 

Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor presenting a plaque to the designer of the Nigerian Flag, Taiwo Akinkunmi.

Akinkunmi while welcoming guests to the event, expressed happiness that he is being honoured while alive. “I have always dreamt about Nigeria being at the forefront of every good thing,” he said. 

Pa Akinkunmi designed the Nigerian flag in October 1959 when he was barely 23. Akinkunmi, now 85 said the journey to creating Nigeria’s national flag started when he was studying Electrical Engineering at Norwood Technical College in London. 

Aerial view of the flag 

The flag covers an area of 3,275.6 square meters and it has a length of 75.3 meter(s) and a width of 43.5 meters.

Verification 

To verify this claim which was published in many other dailies like Tribune, This Day, Guardian among others in Nigeria, Dubawa visited the website of the Guinness world record to search for the world’s largest flag. 

The Gulf state of Qatar created the world’s largest flag as part of festivities to mark its national day on 17 December 2013.

The maroon and white flag was draped over an area of 101,978 sq m – the size of 14 football pitches – in an industrial zone north of Doha.

The Qatari flag set the record in 2013. 

It weighs 9.8 tonnes and was stitched from three plane-loads of material, according to the al-Sharq newspaper.

The flag broke the record of 79,000 sq m, set in Romania in May of the same year.

Largest Flag unveiled in May 2013 in Romania

Further findings from a story show that the largest flag ever flown measures approximately 2,448.6 square meters and was achieved by Trident Support Flagpoles and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (both UAE) in Sharjah, United Arab Emirate, in 2017.

A Dubai based news website Zawiya ( a leading source of regional news and intelligence, serving millions of professionals from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt) also corroborates the claims with a report on its website celebrating the milestone.

Screenshot of the story on the website

Screenshot of the largest flag ever flown located in UAE

The attempt happened to show appreciation for the United Arab Emirates during the 2017 flag day celebration. 

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan with school children celebrating flag day. 

Further findings  revealed news about Shrajah’s iconic tourist destination, the Flag Island, where the world’s largest flag was successfully hoisted on a 123 meter- high pole, which was named the world’s 7th tallest during the opening on the 2nd of December 2012. 

It entered the Guinness World Records when the flag was unveiled as part of the spectacular national festivities organised by the island in 2017 as part of the nationwide Flag Day celebrations.

Celebrations at Gems Royal Dubai School to mark UAE Flag Day in 2018. 

Kholood Al Junaibi, Manager of The Flag Island, pointed out that the new achievement adds to the portfolio of milestones made by The Flag Island, stressing the island’s commitment to always achieving an impressive presence that reflects the stature of the UAE and Sharjah regionally and globally. 

Flag Island was the venue for the largest congregation of people in the UAE for the raising of the country’s flag on Flag Day.

Conclusion 

The claim that the world’s largest flag was unveiled in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital is FALSE. The Guinness world record for the largest flag was held by the Gulf state of Qatar when it created the world’s largest flag draped over an area of 101,978 sqm as part of festivities to mark its national day on 17 December 2013, while the one unveiled in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital recently was 3,275.6 sqm in size.

The researcher produced this fact-check per the 2021 Kwame Karikari Fact-checking Fellowship partnership with Sobi 101.9 FM to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

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