A warm welcome to you, the curious reader. This time, I'm proud to present the unvarnished truth about the common origins of the flags of Senegal, Mali, Togo, Guinea, Cameroon, and Ghana. Stay with me here.
Ethiopia's victory at the Battle of Adwa in 1896 prevented Italian colonisation of the country. After a year, in 1898, Emperor Menelik II had a tricolour flag with a rectangular shape made. These were the colours red, green, and yellow.
Kwame Nkrumah successfully led Ghana to independence in 1957. Since Nkrumah admired Ethiopia so much, he made the decision to include its colours in the design of Ghana's flag soon after the country gained independence. This was done to recognise Ethiopia's unique status as a nation that was never colonised. As of that time, the top green stripe of the Ethiopian flag has replaced the previous red one.
As the end of European colonial control in Africa drew near, many nations gained their independence. Ethiopia's method of flag design was afterwards emulated by countries including Senegal, Mali, Togo, Guinea, and Cameron.
As a result of their widespread use, the colours have also been widely acknowledged as conveying distinct meanings. Green signifies for Africa's rich agricultural land, yellow for its richness, crimson for the blood poured during the war for independence, and black for the people of Africa.
The three colours represent Pan-African solidarity and are therefore significant symbols of their own. These symbols were adopted by nations as a means of showing solidarity and sharing a common past.
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