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Pilot becomes first African to fly solo around the world

MAKING HISTORY: Ademilola "Lola" Odujinrin

A NIGERIAN-BRITISH pilot for Air Djibouti, has made history by becoming the first African pilot to fly solo around the world.

In a statement released in March, the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority (DPFZA) said that Ademilola "Lola" Odujinrin had completed the final leg of his historic journey, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.

"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."


Odujinrin arriving at Washington DC Dulles airport on March 29, 2017

The flight was part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aimed to inspire young people to achieve their goals regardless of their personal circumstances.

Odujinrin, who has logged 4 000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot since his pilot licence six years ago said:


Odujinrin and his family (Photo credit: Bella Naija)

"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."

Odujinrin is father of two, and a keen adventurer who says he sees any challenge as an opportunity.

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