National flag of Biafra .  Flag ratio: 1:2
FIAV 111111.svgIFIS Historical.svg National flag of Biafra . Flag ratio: 1:2

The flag of the former Republic of Biafra consists of a horizontal tricolour of red, black, and green, charged with a golden rising sun over a golden bar.

Red represents the blood of those massacred in northern Nigeria and in the consequent Nigeria-Biafra war. Black is for mourning them and in remembrance. Green is for prosperity and the half of a yellow/golden sun stands for a glorious future. The sun has eleven rays, representing the eleven provinces of Biafra.

It was also the inspiration for the flag of the short-lived Republic of Benin (consisting of the Biafran-occupied Mid-Western region).

It is based on the pan-African flag designed by Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League[1] It should not be confused with the similar-looking flag of Malawi.

See also


  1. ^ Znaimerowski, p. 125