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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

NATIONAL IDENTITY AND NATIONAL SYMBOL- Leo Ogunmolu Temidayo




National identity is viewed in psychological terms as "an awareness of difference", a "feeling and recognition of 'we' and 'they'.

Under various social influences, people incorporate national identity into their personal identities by adopting beliefs, values, assumptions and expectations which align with one's national identity. People with identification of their nation view national beliefs and values as personally meaningful, and translate these beliefs and values into daily practices.

As a collective phenomenon, national identity can arise as a direct result of the presence of elements from the "common points" in people's daily lives: national symbols , language, the nation's history, national consciousness, and cultural artefacts.

A national symbol is a symbol of any entity considering and manifesting itself to the world as a national community: the sovereign states but also nations and countries in a state of colonial or other dependence, (con)federal integration, or even an ethnocultural community considered a 'nationality' despite having no political autonomy.

National symbols intend to unite people by creating visual, verbal, or iconic representations of the national people, values, goals, or history. These 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.

Examples of National Symbol:-
1. The National Currency
2. The Coat of Arms
3. The National Flag
4. The National Anthem
5. The National Pledge
6. The National Passport
7. The Constitution
8. The Mace
9. The National Identity Cards
10. Voters Card

Few Nigeria Symbols and Meaning:-

1. National Flag:-
The primary symbol of each country is its flag. This banner is one of the central Nigerian national symbols that represent the country. It was designed by a student, Taiwo Akinkunmi, in 1959.

 Mr. Taiwo Akinkunmi decided to enter a competition for the best Nigerian flag design and won. It’s a three-line flag with green lines on the sides and white in the middle. Green color stands for:
– country's wealth;
– rich natural resources.
While the meaning of the white color is:
– peace;
– unity.
The flag was raised at the Independence Day of Nigeria on 1st October 1960 for the first time.

Did you know that other flags cannot be raised higher than the Nigerian flag in the same room? You might also have noticed a hanging flag at a memorial or funeral of an important personality. One more interesting fact is that it should be raised at dawn and lowered at sunset. But once a flag is damaged or torn, it should be burnt or destroyed.

2. National Anthem:- Song of the Nation
The national anthem is a symbol that can move millions of hearts. The first anthem of Nigeria was written in 1960. Later the government of Nigeria decided to change it and announced a competition for the national anthem. The committee chose five winners and combined their entries into one. “Arise, O Compatriots” was composed in 1978. The music of Nigerian anthem was composed by Mr. Ben Odiase, the director of the Nigeria Band.

It is considered to be the most important symbol of any country, as the anthem unites all Nigerians into one sovereign state. And that is its meaning and purpose.
Watch a video at the end of the article and listen to the national anthem of Nigeria.

3. The National Pledge:-
The words of the Nigerian national pledge are said by millions of children every day at schools before lessons. In 1976, Prof. Felicia Adebola wrote the pledge that was aimed at teaching every citizen of the country to honour and serve it in the best way possible.

The article provides a list of Nigerian national symbols and their significance. These are one of the major emblems and signs that represent Nigeria as a sovereign country, its beauty and cultural heritage of the nation.

Long Live Idanre
Long Live Ondo State
Long Live The Federal Republic of Nigeria

 Leo Erastus Temidayo Ogunmolu (Excellency)

Ogunmolu Temidayo Erastus is a young Nigeria Man from Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State, Nigeria who always have the impression in writing towards bringing what we need to know to ourselves

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