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Kenya
Flag of Kenya.svg
Use National flag and civil and state ensign National flag, civil and state ensign
Proportion 2:3
Design A white-fimbriated horizontal tricolour of black, red, and green charged with two crossed white spears behind a red, white, and black Maasai shield.
Naval Ensign of Kenya.svg
Variant flag of Kenya
Use Naval ensign War ensign
Design A white field with the national flag in the canton and a large red anchor in the fly.

The flag of Kenya (Swahili: Bendera ya Kenya) was officially adopted on December 12, 1963.

Symbolism

The Kenyan flag is based on that of Kenya African National Union. The colours symbolize black majority, red for the blood shed during the struggle for freedom, and green for Land; the white fimbriation was added later and symbolizes peace. The black, red, and white traditional Maasai shield and two spears symbolize the defense of all the things mentioned above.

Design

The colours of the flag have been specified by the Kenya National Archives.

Scheme Red Green
British Standard Colours Post office red 0-006 0-010
Source: Kenyan Flag at Get Kenya Online. Accessed 6 August 2006.
Source: Flag Specifications at Kenya National Archives. Accessed 16 Feb 2006.
Construction sheet


History

The Kenyan flag is based on the black over red over green flag of Kenya African National Union (KANU), the political party that led the fight for freedom and independence of Kenya. Upon independence, the white fimbriation, symbolizing peace and unity, and the shield were added. The meaning of the colours of the flag of Kenya match closely to those of the Pan-African flag adopted by the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League in 1920. [1][2]

The flag of Kenya appears similar to the Pan-African flag

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