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Sanwi Kingdom (Côte d'Ivoire)

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The Kingdom of Sanwi is a traditional kingdom located in the south-east corner of Côte d'Ivoire in west Africa.  It was established in about 1740 by Anvi migrants from Ghana.  In 1843 the kingdom became a French protectorate. In 1959 it was merged with the Ivory Coast and at that time the tribal population was estimated to be around 40,000 people in 119 settlements

Sanwi Kingdom flag

image by Rob Raeside, 30 Oct 2013

According to a new French publication La France, contre la Cote d'Ivoire, L'affaire du Sanwi, Du malentendu by Lazare Kofi Kofi (L'HARMATTAN, Paris 2013), the flag of the Sanwi Kingdom is a rectangular tricolor of what looks like red over yellow over red with a white 5-pointed reversed star in the centre of the yellow part [reversed means two points upwards].   The star is in the center of the complete flag, at the hoist is either black or dark blue with a white royal stool in the centre.
John McMeekin, 30 Oct 2013

At Google books on page 88 there is a description of the flag and its colours.  The colours are green, yellow, green and the vertical stripe at the hoist is red.   There is also a black and white illustration on page 9.
Paraskevas Renesis, 31 Oct 2013

The flag can be seen on the Kingdom's official Twitter page.
Valentin Popski, 21 Aug 2020