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The coat of arms of Nigeria consists of a black shield with a wavy white pall, symbolizing the meeting of the Niger and Benue Rivers at Lokoja. The black shield represents Nigeria's fertile soil, while the two supporting 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]

Coat of arms of Nigeria
Coat of arms of Nigeria.svg
Coat of arms of Nigeria (1960-1979).svg
Version used from 1960 to 1979
ArmigerFederal Republic of Nigeria
Adopted20 May 1960
CrestAn eagle displayed[dubious ] Gules.
TorseArgent and Vert
BlazonSable a Pall wavy argent
SupportersTwo horses Argent
CompartmentA grassy field proper, the yellow flowers at the base (incorrectly shown as red in the image) are Costus Spectabilis, Nigeria's national flower.
MottoUnity and Faith, Peace and Progress

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. 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.

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  1. ^ a b "National Symbols - Emblem". Nigeria's 50th Independence: Celebrating Greatness. Archived from the original on May 6, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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