All states in Nigeria have their own separate and special logo or coat of arms that is distinct to that of Nigeria. But today, our discussion is going to center on River State logo; its meaning and description.
Most states in Nigeria uses their historical background and societal antecedent to cave out a meaningful logo. Just like Oyo State, Lagos, Kano State, etc.
The previous River State logo has little or no historical heritage components of the state in its. As a result, Gov. Ben Ayade rewrite the logo history by changing it.
In line with the above, the Cross River State now has a long lasting longer with the state historical heritage as part of its components or features.
Although critics have it that the logo talk less of the past, present, and future of River State and talk more on the Governor favorite dress colour.
The Cross River State Logo and it Meaning
Be that as it may, whether the new River State Logo best describes the people’s heritage or the favorite colours of the Governor dressing, there’s only one to find out.
Hence, this leads us to the description of the new Cross River State coat of arms design:
- A bull;
- Red background; and
1) The Bull
The Cross River State seal or logo has a charged bull picture which depict an aggressive charge into a bright and prosperous future.
It also symbolizes male fertility, fighting ability, the valor and magnanimity of the people of Cross River State since the pre-historic times.
2) Red background
In the logo, there is a red background too which is used throughout the picture. The colour wasn’t picked by accident, it represents extreme and passion.
You will agree thay “Red” colour symbolizes extremes and it is also the colour of seduction, passionate love, danger, and adventure.
But going back to the historical heritage of the Cross Riverians, their pre-historic ancestors recognized red colour as the colour of blood and fire.
That is to say, fire for energy and blood for primal life forces. And most of red’s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past.”
Equally, the red background could also mean the Cross Riverians stand for alertness in the superiority complex over their contemporaries in terms of commerce and industries.
The logo sends a concise pictorial message to the people of Cross River that they are chequered past, without a doubt, has been loudly echoed into their present.
3) The Stars
If you look carefully, you will see that the charged bull is surrounded with 18 stars. These stars symbolize the 18 Local Government Areas in Cross River State.
The stars are peacefully arranged, and they showed unity in them. If you look at the logo carefully, you will come to the realization that the charged bull is going to break the 18 stars.
Yes, the Bull is not going to break the unified 18 stars per say but rather, on the verge of breaking the jinx of backwardness in all the 18 local governments.