Nigerian pilot makes history by becoming first African to fly solo around the world

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Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin is a pilot for Air Djibouti and just made history by becoming the first African pilot to fly solo around the world.

“The pilot has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September,” a statement by the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority (DPFZA) said.

Nigerian born pilot had completed the final leg of his historic journey, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.

According to News24, the flight was part of Project Transcend, a foundation that aims at inspiring young people to achieve their goals regardless of their personal circumstances.

“Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of one day flying around the world. We have a responsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams. I want African children to think: ‘I can do this too!’ Odujinrin said.

“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,” he added.

Odujinrin has logged 4 000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot since his pilot license six years ago.

The airline hopes through this initiative a new generation of pilots in Africa will be inspired and it will help to pave the way for the aviation industry to thrive in the region.

“The benefits will be felt within the region, as this will encourage more intra-African trade and sustainable economic development,” said the Chairperson of Air Djibouti Aboubaker Omar Hadi.

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