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Cross River is a state in
Nigeria which has three senatorial districts or three ethnic groups.
This map shows the southern senatorial district also known as Greater Calabar or
The flag I sent (above) is the flag of the entire greater Calabar. Calabar is an ancient and historic city-state with a very rich culture and history, it was one of the major slave trade ports in Africa. Calabar has a King known as Obong of Calabar. Calabar is more popular and better known than Cross River State of which it is a part of - just as New York City is more popular and better known than New York State or just as Singapore was
once part of Malaysia but now a city-state. Calabar is considered a distinct city-state even though it's currently part of Cross River State and is the capital of Cross River.
Calabar is not a state yet but will probably become one in the next state
Joseph Johnson, 03 Nov 2020
image by António MARTINS-Tuválkin, 15 Apr 2017
Nations Without States (Minahan, 1996) [mnh96] has an entry on Calabar,
a region in the extreme southeast of Nigeria. It describes the
as a horizontal bicolour of red over green with a yellow cross over all (from
the line drawing it is seen to be of the same shape as St. George's cross),
and a star (colour not specified) in the upper hoist.
Ned Smith, 21 Feb 2001
My sources speak about a yellow star in the upper hoist canton. The
symbolism of the flag is: the flag uses the Pan-African colours, the cross
represents Christianity, the star represents the unity of the tribes in the
Dirk Schönberger, 05 Mar 2001
Minahan claims it as neither the flag of the city of New Calabar nor the city of Calabar - it is claimed to be the flag of an aspirant nation (as supposedly are all the flags in Minahan's book)- one whose aspirations cover an area in the Nigerian states of Cross River and Akwa Ibom.
As the symbol of an aspirant, separatist, nationalist movement, it is likely that the flag has no official recognition. Minahan specifically states that the region of Calabar has no official status.
Finally, as I warned when I started posting the material from Minahan, he
does not cite his sources for most of his flag data, and sometimes it is
difficult to assess the accuracy of that data.
Ned Smith, 16 Nov 2002