In what has been applauded as a great feat, a Nigerian pilot; Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world.
The pilot who made the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to the Washington DC Dulles International Airport, where his journey began back in September.
Speaking on the feat, Ademola said: “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!’”
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 has since earning his pilot licence six years ago, logged over 4,000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot.
The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.