Kenyan Flag Among 50 Most Beautiful in the World

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The Kenyan flag is ranked among the top 50 most beautiful flags in the world by Ranker.com

The Kenyan flag is ranked among the top 50 most beautiful flags in the world by Ranker.com

Each time our beautiful Kenyan flag is hoisted up that pole because one of our great athletes has won a most coveted medal or during a national event, I cannot help but admire this multi-coloured symbol of our origin, identity and values as a people, as a nation.

You can imagine then that in this state of patriotism, I began nursing notions of the Kenyan flag being the most beautiful in the world until I came across this website the other day.

According to Ranker.com, a platform of crowdsourced rankings of practically anything that can be listed, the most beautiful flag on earth is the flag of Mexico.

Oh yes, you heard me right! It is then followed by the Philippines, Canada, United Kingdom and no, not Kenya but Brazil.

Kenya, at the time of writing this article, was ranked 43 (at least it is among the top 50!). It was not clear what criterion was used to arrive at these rankings (actually there are 5 different flag rankings on Ranker.com currently and each provides a different top 10 list).

Apparently an Internet contest held by the Spanish Newspaper, 20 Minutos, in July 2008 did also agree that Mexico had the number one flag followed by Peru and Guatemala. Again what criterion was used here is not apparent. 20 Minutos said they received 7 million votes throughout the contest which included flags from 104 different countries.

As I looked at the Kenyan flag flying atop the legendary Lord Egerton Castle at Tatton in Njoro with its three equal horizontal bands of black, red, and green and the Maasai warrior’s shield superimposed at the centre and covering two crossed spears, I still thought our flag was a great flag not only because, aesthetically, it really looked good, but also the symbolism captured in its colours and imagery.

Black symbolises the people of Kenya (at least the majority), red the bloodshed in the struggle for our freedom from colonial rule. Green stands for our abundant natural wealth and white, the peace we enjoy. The shield and crossed spears symbolise the defence of our freedom.

Who, by the way, designed the Kenyan flag? That is a question I would love to know. If you have the answer, post it down here.

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About Henry Muuthia

Henry Muuthia is a travel writer and photographer. He writes for a range of online platforms including Technorati, Google+, EzineArticles and ArticleBase where he has published several articles, mostly on Kenyan travel. He is a resident writer for Enchanted Landscapes Travelogue and also occasionally writes for the travel section of Nakumatt''s SmartLife Magazine.
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