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Toubou People


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Toubou People image by Tomislav Todorovic, 3 October 2022

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Description of the flag

In a news article about the International Day of Toubou Culture there's a photo of a flag I've never seen before: light blue over yellow, with a black star in the centre. It seems like this is the flag of the Toubou people, who live in Chad, Niger and Libya.
Brendan Hennessy, 2 October 2022

This is the cultural Toubou flag. The blue mean the sky and the water, the yellow is the land, and the black star is the tubu african man. The proportion is 5:8. The size of star is give only in cms, 16 cms for a flag 50 cm high.
It seems these "official" proportions are not followed in the flags we can see on photos. When yellow is above, star is upside down if is a manufactured flag, but many flags are handmade and some are made all upside down.
Jaume Olle, 2 October 2022

The dimensions and the signification given by Jaume can be seen here:
The flag has been observed in Libya, Niger, Chad.

Some more pictures:
Olivier Touzeau, 3 October 2022

As the listed sources reveal, the star has a regular shape on manufactured flags and the shades of blue and yellow are somewhat lighter on them as well, close to the FOTW colors B- (slightly more inclined towards cyan/green) and Y, respectively. The "star size" is actually the diameter of the circumscribed circle; that is another detail which varies a lot in the hand-made flags, as do the star shape and its precise position.
Tomislav Todorovic, 3 October 2022

Other versions of the flag

While the general design of the flag is well-known among its users, there is also much carelessness regarding its correct implementation. For example, the flag is often turned upside-down, usually when being hand-held with no staff, but there are examples of such use even with the staffs:
(Note that in the above examples, the flag of Libya is hoisted correctly.)

Toubou People image by Tomislav Todorovic, 5 March 2023

The disregard for correct placement of blue and yellow fields has further led to frequent incorrect orienting of the star, which is often displayed upside-down:

This variant can be displayed upside-down as a whole, too:

Toubou People image by Tomislav Todorovic, 5 March 2023

The star may also be rotated for 90 degrees, usually pointing towards the hoist, but sometimes it points towards the fly:

The lack of regard also means that an incorrect variant may be displayed together with the correct one, or that two incorrect variants be displayed together:

Toubou People   Toubou People image by Tomislav Todorovic, 5 March 2023 images by Tomislav Todorovic, 5 March 2023

The field colors may also be arranged vertically, typically with blue at the hoist, while the star may be oriented either upright or sideways, pointing into the blue field in the latter case; these, too, may be hoisted upside-down:

Toubou People image by Tomislav Todorovic, 5 March 2023

Lastly, to illustrate how far the design variations can go, the flags will be presented with unequal sizes of yellow and blue vertical fields and a "wide" black star pointing into the yellow field, but being centered within the flag, only the tip of one ray being placed upon yellow:

These irregularities seem to vary between individual flags.

Tomislav Todorovic, 5 March 2023