Coat of arms of Nigeria

Coat of arms of Nigeria

Version used from 1960 to 1979
Armiger Federal Republic of Nigeria
Adopted 20 May 1960
Crest An eagle displayed Gules.
Torse Argent and Vert
Escutcheon Sable a Pall wavy argent
Supporters Two horses Argent
Compartment A grassy field proper, the yellow flowers at the base (incorrectly shown as red in the image) are Costus Spectabilis, Nigeria's national flower.
Motto Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress

The coat of arms of Nigeria has a black shield with two white lines that form in a "Y" shape. The black shield represents Nigeria's fertile soil, while the two horses or chargers on each side represent dignity. The eagle represents strength, while the green and white bands on the top of the shield represent the rich soil.[1]

The red flowers at the base are Costus spectabilis, Nigeria's national flower. This flower was chosen for inclusion in the coat of arms as it is found all over Nigeria and also stand for the beauty of the nation. The white wavy pall represents the Niger and the Benue. On the banderole around the base is Nigeria's national motto since 1978: "Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress" (formerly "Peace, Unity, Freedom").[1]


Sable a Pall wavy argent, supported by two horses Argent, and set for a crest on a wreath, Argent and Vert, an eagle displayed Gules.


Historical emblems

See also


  1. 1 2 "National Symbols - Emblem". Nigeria's 50th Independence: Celebrating Greatness. Retrieved May 21, 2012.

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