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UK National Maritime Museum <HFinch-Boyer@nmm.ac.uk> I am currently working at the UK National Maritime Museum. One of the curators here has asked me to find out a bit more about some of the Museum's African flags. We have a lot relating to Nigeria, but we also have three owned by Nana Olomu who became 4th governor of Benin River in 1884. The museum's object records also include two images photocopied from books, one of which portrays a low, punt-like boat with about 14 seated oarsmen, and 15 Africans standing in white ceremonial clothes including pith helmets. There are also 5 enormous flags flying in the photo, one which appears to have the letters DAGB. Brief descriptions of the flags in the Museum's collection are below. 1. The personal flag of Itsekiri chief Nana Olomu (1852-1916). The flag is made wool bunting, with a linen hoist containing a rope and is hand sewn. The background of the design is white with a printed Union Flag inserted (upside down) in the canton. Near the top edge is the name 'NANNA' in dark blue letters, below, the flag is painted with a naked man shooting a leopard. The flag was captured during the campaign of 1894. 2. Personal flag of Itsekiri chief Nana Olomu (1852-1916). A green wool bunting flag with a machine sewn linen hoist with a rope attached. The flag is hand sewn with applied lettering - in red wool 'NANNA', below in white cotton 'ALLUMA'S SON'. It is said to have been acquired during the 1897 Benin expedition by F. W. Kennedy. 3. Personal flag of Itsekiri chief Nana Olomu (1852-1916). A red cotton flag, hand sewn with a printed Union Flag placed vertically in the canton. The name 'NANNA' is applied in white damask letters in the fly. There are felt loops along the top edge.and a white strip at the hoist with small cord loops. I am wondering if any listmembers have particular historical expertise relating to this area or these types of flags and could recommend any further reading outside Obaro Ikime's work? This message has been scanned for malware by WebSense Mailcontrol for the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich