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Flag of Malawi

Use National flag, civil and state ensign
Proportion 2:3
Adopted 6 July 1964 (re-adopted in 2012)
Design A horizontal triband of black, red, and green; charged with a red rising sun centred on the black stripe

The flag of Malawi was officially adopted on 6 July 1964 when the colony of Nyasaland became independent from British rule and renamed itself Malawi.


  • Design 1
  • Flag from 2010–2012 2
  • Flag colours 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5


The first flag of independent Malawi was adopted on 6 July 1964. The rising sun represents the dawn of hope and freedom for the continent of Africa (when the flag was created, more countries in Africa were gaining independence from European rule). The black represents the indigenous people of the continent, the red symbolizes the blood of their struggle, and the green represents nature. The flag resembles the Pan-African flag designed by Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association, with the red and black bands reversed and a red sun in the top. It also resembles the flag of the now-defunct Republic of Biafra.

Flag from 2010–2012

Flag from 2010 to 2012

A new flag of Malawi was adopted on 29 July 2010, as proposed by the Democratic Progressive Party-led government. The stripes were altered from the previous flag to match the original Pan-African Flag layout, with the red stripe at the top, the black stripe in middle, and the green stripe at the bottom. The rising sun at the flag's top was replaced with a full, centered white sun representing the economic progress Malawi has made since becoming independent.[1] The opposition United Democratic Front announced that it would challenge the legitimacy of flag change in court.[2] The flag was endorsed by the President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, who approved the flag change on 29 July 2010.[3] There was much public outcry about whether there was a need to change the flag, but the process continued despite being unwelcome to much of the public.[4] The flag was pejoratively nicknamed "Bingu's flag" by the majority of the nation who saw it as an illegitimate flag.[5] Many objected to the new flag, perceiving its adoption as undemocratic.[6]

On 28 May 2012, under new president Joyce Banda, Parliament voted to revert to the independence flag.[7][8]

Flag colours

The colours of the flag are defined using British Standard colours:[9]

Scheme Black Red Green
British Standard Colours 0-000 0-005 0-010



  1. ^ The proposed new Malawi national flag, Nyasa Times
  2. ^ Flag change to be challenged in court, Nyasa Times
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  7. ^ "Malawi Parliament approves to revert to original flag". Nyasa Times. 2012-05-28. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  8. ^ "Malawi reverts to old flag". Sunday Times. 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  9. ^ Malawi at Flags of the World. Accessed 17 February 2006.
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