The Flag of Uganda

The flag of Uganda consists of six horizontal stripes of black, yellow, and red, repeated twice, starting with black at the top. In the center is a white circle containing a grey crowned crane, facing the flagpole. The crane is a national symbol and stands on one leg, reflecting the country's forward movement and vigilance.

The Flag of Uganda

History

The flag of Uganda was adopted on October 9, 1962, the day Uganda gained independence from British rule. Designed by Grace Ibingira, a member of the Uganda People's Congress, the colors of the flag carry significant meaning: black represents the African people, yellow symbolizes the abundant sunshine Uganda enjoys, and red denotes the brotherhood and blood that ties Ugandans together. The grey crowned crane, which also adorns the national coat of arms, was chosen for its gentle nature and was historically used as a military badge during British colonial times. This flag replaced the British Blue Ensign, signifying Uganda's transition from a British protectorate to an independent nation.