The Jamaican flag Won the World Cup of Flags 2020 event, in the competition against flags from around the world. The competition began as a game before it was conducted on Twitter, with 64 elimination rounds by Election Maps UK and voting took place over six weeks.
Even though the competition began as a way to alleviate the boredom due to the stay-at-home orders during the Coronavirus pandemic, the contest generated interest and participation worldwide. However, no prizes were awarded, but Jamaica earned the bragging rights. Of the 192 flags that entered, the Barbados flag was placed third, there were two Caribbean countries who made it into the Top 3 countries.
In the final rounds of voting, the competition was a nail-biter, when Jamaica and South Africa, with Jamaica earning 50.7 percent of the votes while South Africa received 49.3 percent. In the online Twitter pole a total of 298,000 people voted. South Africa has a population of 59,220,538 and Jamaica’s is estimated at 2,959,659 and the turnout was significant.
On August 6, 1962 the Jamaican flag was adopted and marked the country’s Independence. It’s the only national flag that does not include the colors red, white, or blue and it resulted from a design that was submitted by the public during a national competition on the island; and now the tricolor Jamaican flag symbolizes:
- Black – strength and creativity of the people
- Green – hope and the country’s lush vegetation
- Gold – wealth of the country and golden sunshine
It’s a symbol of solidarity and a rallying point in times of trouble. The Twitter contest is an ample demonstration of that. There’s no way to know if the World Cup of Flags will become an annual event, but for now Jamaican citizens can celebrate their impressive 2020 win.
The adoption of the Jamaican flag was a major milestone for the island nation and marked its independence from the United Kingdom. The people of every country are always proud of their flag.