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Calabar (Nigeria)

Last modified: 2005-09-02 by phil nelson
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Description of the Flag

"Nations Without States" (Minahan, 1996) has an entry on Calabar, a region in the extreme southeast of Nigeria. It describes the Kalabari flag as a horizontal bicolor of red over green with a yellow cross over all (from the line drawing it is seen to be of the same shape as St. George's cross), and a star (color not specified) in the upper hoist.
Ned Smith, 21 February 2001

My sources speak about a yellow star in the upper hoist canton. The symbolism of the flag is: the flag uses the Pan-African colours, the cross represents Christianity, the star represents the unity of the tribes in the Calabar region.
Dirk Schönberger, 5 March 2001

Minahan claims it as neither the flag of the city of New Calabar nor city of Calabar - it is claimed to be the flag of an aspirant nation (as supposedly are all the flags in Minahan's book)- one whose aspirations cover an area in the Nigerian states of Cross River and Akwa Ibom.

As the symbol of an aspirant, separatist, nationalist movement, it is likely that the flag has no official recognition. Minahan specifically states that the region of Calabar has no official status.

Finally, as I warned when I started posting the material from Minahan, he does not cite his sources for most of his flag data, and sometimes it is difficult to assess the accuracy of that data.
Ned Smith, 16 November 2002