NIGERIAN PILOT MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST AFRICAN TO FLY SOLO AROUND THE WORLD
Nigerian pilot Ademilola Odujinrin popularly called “Lola” becomes the first African to fly solo around the world.
Ademilola who works for Air Djibouti achieved this feat on March 29 when he completed his fly around the world by landing at Washington Dulles International Airport.
He made the trip in a Cirrus SR22 stopping over in more than 15 countries on 5 continents.
The historic flight around the world is a part of Project Transcend foundation which is aimed at inspiring young people to achieve their goals no matter their personal circumstances.
The Air Djibouti pilot expressed his appreciation saying “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Air Djibouti’s Chairman, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, and Cardiff Aviation’s Chairman, Bruce Dickinson, who have supported me throughout this journey. Without them, this would not have been possible.”
Ademilola said he had always dreamed of flying around the world ever since he was a child.
“We have a responsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams. I want African children to think: ‘I can do this too!'” he said.
And Aboubaker Omar Hadi said, “By supporting initiatives like Lola’s flight around the world, Air Djibouti hopes to inspire a new generation of pilots in Africa and help to pave the way for the aviation industry to thrive in the region.”
The Djibouti Chairman says, “With the commencement of the Single African Air Transport Market set for June 2017, air travel in the continent is positioned to grow rapidly and become a key contributor to the region’s economic and social development.”
Ademilola, who got his pilot license 6 years ago, had logged more than 4,000 hours a commercial Boeing 737 pilot.