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I hate being in a culture where if a wife makes more money than her husband or is more successful she'll be shunned and ridiculed
She’ll be accused of taking her husband’s manhood away. Like some of y'all niggas and your families and a few of y'all females as well (yeah I said females, fight me) need to understand that the wife didn’t go to university for 8+ years to just cook, clean and have babies.If she wants to stay at home and do that fine. If she doesn’t is it your concern?
Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi designed the Nigerian flag in 1959. He was payed £100 after winning the competition to design the flag.
He was born on the 10th of May, 1936(now 80)
Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi was studying engineering at Norwood Technical College in London when he saw a newspaper advert calling on people to enter a competition to design the Nigerian flag.He mailed his submission to Lagos a short time later, and in October of the following year received a letter inviting him to the London office of the Commissioner for Nigeria in the United Kingdom, where he was told that his green and white design had been selected. He had won 100 pounds ($281 in 1959) as well as a place in Nigeria’s history books.
He’s still alive and lives in his green and white home in Ibadan. He doesn’t have a phone or car and unfortunately his health has greatly deteriorated over the years and he’s unable to remember his age or much of what he was doing when Nigeria gained its independence on the 1st of October 1960 and his flag was raised for the first time. This became so bad that he was forced to retire in 1993 and to live off his limited pensions. people around him had to provide clothes and food for him.
Sunday Olawale Olaniran stumbled across Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi ’s story in 2006. He says the older man’s plight at the time brought him to tears. But his role in shaping Nigerian identity has since been more broadly recognised
It was during his research for that history that he learned who the designer of the Nigerian flag was and decided to track him down.
Akinkunmi was living alone, left to the care of his neighbours. On the first day they met, Olaniran says the older man was incoherent and kept talking to himself. His state drove Olaniran to tears. “So I got in touch with a journalist and we went back two days before Independence Day,” he says. “Even the journalist couldn’t believe the man was still alive.”
The resulting story was published in the national The Sun newspaper on October 1, 2006, and Olaniran says it was only after it appeared that most Nigerians became aware of Akinkunmi ’s condition.
Then, in 2008, Olaniran was contacted through his blog by a representative of the Nigerian edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, asking to be put in touch withAkinkunmi . For his appearance on a special edition of the TV show, Akinkunmi was given a cheque for two million naira (around $10,000). This was the money his son says was used to complete the green and white building they now live in.
The home Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi shares with his 28-year-old son in Ibadan
Following that second bout of nationwide publicity, Olaniran and other supporters began writing to the Nigerian government about Akinkunmi . The then minister of information, Dora Akunyili, came to hear of it, and went to Ibadan to meet him. “I think it was because of her that he was selected for the 50 distinguished Nigerians honour,” Olaniran says.
During Nigeria’s golden jubilee celebrations in October 2010, Akinkunmi received a presidential award for being a distinguished Nigerian, the first time the federal government had publicly honoured him. Four years after he first discoveredAkinkunmi ’s role in Nigerian history, Olaniran’s cause celebre had finally caught the attention of the country’s leaders.
Akinkunmi doesn’t remember much about the official ceremonies in his honour, but he does recall how he returned from the UK with his degree in 1964, and 29 years later, left government service. In 1993, he was advised by his superiors to go into early retirement because of illness.
His son does not know what the illness was, and Akinkunmi cannot remember what the doctors diagnosed. The only symptoms he can describe are a relapsing fever and “thinking too much”. He has been on medication for many years, but three months ago the doctors took him off the pills whose names he cannot remember.
One memory that has not forsaken him, however, is the admiration and support he received from ordinary Nigerians upon coming back to the country after the Union Jack had been replaced by his green-white-green flag.
“I was well-known all over the place,” he says. “Everybody was calling me Mr Flag Man.”
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The future is bright for this valedictorian from Long Island, who was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools and four more non-Ivy but extremely competitive universities.
Augusta Uwamansu-Nna of Elmont Memorial High School has yet to decide which school she’ll attend when she bids high school goodbye, but with a track record like hers, it’s clear that, no matter what she chooses, she’s definitely going places.
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