African flags are national symbols that represent particular countries. They came into being as military standards that were used as field signs. They are mostly flown by the government and government related bodies.
Private and public buildings for example schools and court houses are also allowed to fly the flag of Africa. Most African countries use similar colors with the most common ones being green, yellow, red, white and black.
Some West African countries for example Senegal, Mali, Cameroon and Ghana use red, yellow and green colors on their flags. Arab nations and East African countries use black, white and red on their flags.
The similarities in the flag of Africa are simply coincidental but some of them are rooted in shared histories of the African countries. The meaning of African flag colors vary from one African country to the other. However some colors like white, black red and green have similar meanings in most countries.
White is a color that advocates for peace among the citizens and their neighbors, green stands for nature and black is the color of the African people while red stands for the blood that most Africans shed while fighting for their independence.
The African flag colors meaning enshrine the thoughts and feelings, love and hatred, envy and pride of the people of a particular country. Some African flag colors have a Rastafarian influence and therefore use red, yellow, green and black colors on the flags.
A number of African countries for example Libya and Mozambique have unusual flags. The Libyan flag has a single solid green color. It has no designs or symbols like most other African flags. The Mozambique national flag on the other hand is the only one that has a modern firearm (an AK-47) in its design.
There is a lot of protocol involved in the hoisting of African national flags. They are flown in a position of honor and when the flags are being hoisted, no one should be moving about. In case they are displayed with other flags, the national flag will always be hoisted first.
When all is said and done the colours on an African flag is the quintessential form of a country’s brand identity. It stands for its people’s value systems, beliefs and culture.
Countries that share ethnic, historical and geographical background normally portray these similarities in their national flags. Today most people use the colors of their flags on a plethora of items for example, sporting uniforms, outfits etc all in the name of patriotism.