NNPC: Brand overview

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), founded in 1977, is a state-owned oil and gas company. The merger of the Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNOC) and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum and Energy Resources gave birth to this significant enterprise that is still an indispensable fuel supplier to Nigeria’s development today.

As Nigeria’s leading oil and gas company, NNPC is responsible for the exploration, production, refining, marketing, and distribution of oil and gas across the country. However, the corporation’s influence extends beyond these traditional functions to power generation, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and petrochemicals, strengthening Nigeria’s energy foundation.

Despite criticism of the NNPC for its lack of transparency and inefficiency, it remains a critical revenue channel for the Nigerian government. To maintain this vital role, the NNPC must heed the calls of its critics and improve the transparency and efficiency of its operations, ensuring a steady stream of revenue for the government.

In 1956, industrial-grade oil was first discovered in Nigeria, leading to significant socio-economic transformation and putting the country on a progressive path of development.

In 1960, Nigeria broke free from the shackles of British colonial rule and gained independence, ushering in a new era of sovereignty and self-government.

The establishment of the Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNOC) in 1971 was a turning point in Nigeria’s journey, paving the way for a new era of oil production and economic potential.

In 1977, the merger of the Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNOC) and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum and Energy Resources created the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

In 1988, the Petroleum Inspectorate, a regulatory body charged with overseeing Nigeria’s rapidly expanding oil industry, was established.

In 2005, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) unveiled a comprehensive refining and petrochemicals master plan that started a revolution in the country’s oil and gas industry.

In 2012, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) unveiled a progressive Gas Master Plan that marked a transformational phase in the dynamics of energy production and consumption in the country.

Finally, in 2022, NNPC underwent a fundamental metamorphosis from a corporation to a limited liability company, signaling an era of operational modernization.

Meaning and History

NNPC Logo History

1977 – 2022

NNPC Logo 1977

2022 – today


The Nigerian oil giant chose two geometric figures resembling soaring kites for its logo. The rhombuses are slanted, slightly offset to the left, and stacked on top of each other. The upper green element overlaps the red-yellow element. It has two shades of green: light and dark. In both cases, the border between the colors runs down the middle and divides the space into two equal triangles. On the right side is the angular company name. It is flat, smooth and gray. The text is much smaller than the figures, although it is written in capital letters.

The slanted diamonds resemble kites inflated by the wind on a sunny day, full of energy and movement. The two shades of green in the top diamond are reminiscent of the two sides of a leaf, adding a little mystery. The gray text is like a quiet child in a classroom who knows all the answers but doesn’t flaunt them. It is present but allows the colorful figures to take center stage.

NNPC color codes

PeridotHex color:#dfdb04
RGB:223 219 4
CMYK:0 2 98 13
Pantone:PMS 3945 C
RedHex color:#fc0305
RGB:252 3 5
CMYK:0 99 98 1
Pantone:PMS 172 C
Bottle GreenHex color:#216745
RGB:33 103 69
CMYK:68 0 33 60
Pantone:PMS 7727 C
Pigment GreenHex color:#00ae50
RGB:0 174 80
CMYK:100 0 54 32
Pantone:PMS 354 C
Sedona RedHex color:#5f6161
RGB:167 30 49
CMYK:5 100 71 22
Pantone:PMS Cool Gray 10 C