The Malawi National Flag is composed of three horizontal stripes of black, red and green, with a rising sun superimposed on the black stripe. The black represents the people of Africa, the red represents the blood of martyrs for African freedom and the green represents the evergreen nature of Malawi.
The National Crest bears the motto “Unity and Freedom” and has a rising sun at the top and bottom, representing the dawn of freedom in Africa. The fish, eagle, and the wavy blue and white bands on the shield symbolize Lake Malawi. The lion and the leopard serve to guard the crest. The land at the base represents the rugged mountains of Malawi.