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Nigerian Airforce Produces First Female Combat Pilot – 28 Year-Old Blessing Liman



28 year-old Blessing Liman has made history as the first female military pilot in the sub-region in the Nigerian Air Force. She was enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force in July 2011 and was commissioned on 9th December, 2011.

After passing through various training programmes said to have cost billions of Naira ($650, 000 each) within the country and abroad in countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Greece, Pakistan, and Egypt include 14 fighter jet pilots, Flying Officer Blessing Liman and 29 other combat flying officers were yesterday decorated at an elaborate ceremony in Abuja.

Excerpts from media reports:

History was, Friday, made in Abuja as the Nigerian Air Force produced the first female combat pilot in the sub-region following the badge decoration (winging) of Flying Officer Blessing Liman and 29 other pilots as combat flying officers at a well attended ceremony hosted by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar.

The Pilot officers who had in the last 12 months undergone various training programme said to have cost billions of Naira ($650, 000 each) within the country and abroad in countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Greece, Pakistan, and Egypt include 14 fighter jet pilots.

History making Flying Officer Blessing Liman, an indigene of Zango Kataf, Kaduna state, was born on 13 March, 1984. She enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force in July 2011 and was commissioned on 9th December, 2011. Her outstanding performance helped her in attaining the historical height.

Present at the ceremony, to add colour to the feat achieved by Liman were minister of State for Defence, Erelu (Dr) Olusola Agbeja Obada, the leadership of the National Council for Nigerian Society (NCNS), the Presidential Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, Dr. (Mrs.) Sarah Jubril, Mrs. Appolonia Petirin, Mrs. Ihejirika and Mrs. Dikko Umar.

In her speech, she disclosed her awareness of the enormous responsibility on her shoulder as a record maker but was optimistic that God would help her to live up to the expectations of the society and the Nigeria Air Force. According to her, “I am going to work, with prayers, dedication and hard work, I know I will succeed.”

To see a lady achieving such feat in the midst of so many men is truly inspiring. Her achievement goes a long way to show that nothing is impossible with determination and hardwork.

She might have gone through her training as the only female in the group and with no other female combat pilot in the Nigerian Air Force to look up to, surely, what she achieved is totally admirable. Now, she serves as a role model to any other female wanting to follow in a similar path.

Well done Blessing. May you continue to soar even higher!

News Source: Tribune | Vanguard News

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Mercedes

    April 28, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Way to go Blessing.

  2. Ameena

    April 28, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Nice one, well done blessing…

  3. Anon

    April 28, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Nice! Well done…

  4. Chinchin

    April 28, 2012 at 7:24 am

    “Presidential Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values.” Sista Bella! There’s something called tautology.

    • MizzCJ

      April 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

      looooooooooool made my day

    • Adira

      April 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Something may of BN writer sseem to be suffering from. Using twelve words when four will do. Sentences spanning three to four lines. Take note BN the quality of your writing is slipping.

  5. sofy

    April 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

    woooooow!!!!!!!!best of luck

  6. christy

    April 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Ride on blessing

  7. ttt

    April 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    thumbs up

  8. maggie

    April 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Good one blessing

  9. Temitope

    April 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Wel done.keep it up blessing.

  10. MIMI

    April 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Nice one

  11. Nkemdaisy

    April 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    At least this one husband no go mess up!
    Any act of recalcitrant behaviour from him will be duly treated…LOooooooL!

  12. dee one

    April 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    yayy….she’s from my local govt…..way to go blessing.

  13. farydah

    April 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thumbs up! God be with you

  14. hephzibah

    April 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Such Good News!!

  15. Janded

    April 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Woohoo to her

  16. princess

    April 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    i want true luv

  17. princess

    April 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    i need true luv

    08060735707 i want true luv

    • Vincent .K

      April 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Reply me.

  18. Ms Jones

    April 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Very Impressive

  19. triangle

    April 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve lived in Abuja for almost all my life, and one thing I admire d pple of d middle belt d most is their resilience and love for any Uniform job. Especially those frm kaduna state.
    Maybe becos the NDA is located there. If d women can’t join, they marry uniform men, and with pride too. I attended an NDA passing out parade at kaduna once, and d pomp I saw wowed me.
    Blessing I congratulate U. It is no mean feat. May God be wit u in all ur endeavours.

  20. Anon

    April 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Proudly a woman who believes women can achieve whatever they set their hearts to! *clicksglasstoallwomeninthehouse*

  21. amethyst

    April 28, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    yaay cool story love seeing women achieve ! plus shes my birthday mate

  22. Basheer Yussef Radda

    April 28, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    congratulations to you mrs. Blessing.

  23. MyView

    April 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Well Done Sister.

  24. Onyinye

    April 29, 2012 at 1:06 am

    She Ȋ̝̊̅§ simply amazing!

  25. chi

    April 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Bravo Dear, you are an inspiration

  26. iamfascinating

    April 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    worth celebrating.

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  27. chinonye favour

    April 30, 2012 at 2:16 am

    That is great. Keep it up 9jia

  28. Vincent .K

    April 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Thumbs up Blessing. The government should encourage more of our willing citizens.

  29. ahmed

    April 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

    well done blessing nice one kip it up

  30. Doyin

    April 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

    1.)$650, 000 is not billions of Naira
    2.)You cannot enlist in July 2011 and be a fighter Pilot by April 2012
    There are lots of holes in this story. Sensational journalism, aye?

    • Dede

      August 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Doyin I am with u 100% and let the truth be told they should stop politicizing things at the detriment of the nation.Haw can 12 months produce a fighter pilot?

  31. Aderonke

    April 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Congrats Blessing, go do your thing and make everyone around u proud. God will keep u safe!

  32. aproko

    April 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Atta girl!

  33. Mosope

    April 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Welldone Blessing! God be with you.

  34. JOY

    April 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Haters sha. Doyin, congratulate the girl and keep it moving. She’s done alot for herself

  35. ZK

    May 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Awwwww from Zango Kataf! So proud of you Blessing…am all smiles 🙂


    May 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm


  37. Psalmuel91

    May 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Officer Blessing, I wish u more of ds feat. always see d need and take d lead. God s on ur side

  38. Daramola sesan joseph

    May 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Hmmm, gud work an hero, i know a day is coming that people will say ‘sesan’ your are an hero like blessing liman bcos i love millitary work most expecially airforce and like to study at nigerian defence academy.

  39. Prof. S.O. OMOTOSHO

    June 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Wao! Wt a gr8 Motivator! U mak 9ija gra8. We ar proud of U! Keep d flag up! Thank wel work!

  40. Alli

    June 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I love you blessing. Keep it up!!!

  41. shegyzee

    June 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    always go to go u are gallant i wish beast of luck madam

  42. idris ardo

    September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    u are my coursemate blessing i am realy impress with ur endurance

  43. adesanya adeyemi

    October 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    i wish u best of all the good things in life

  44. Joshua H Bitrus

    November 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    May God help and make you a greater woman among the flying officer. You will reach the top rank of ACM.

  45. my view

    January 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Congratulation Officer Blessing. U r now my role model cos im lookin up to being one. God will see u thro.

  46. Nwaozuru Ugochukwu

    April 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Flying Officer Blessing Liman, u hav added weight to Nigerian History, i Pray God to protect u, guide u and make u an icon dat will upgrade d history of nigeria. Bravo


    September 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    You are good to go blessing keep it up.

  48. psarlie

    October 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Weldone Mam, I’m also aiming dat too. Got exam to write soonest.

  49. Mamta

    January 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    My Sister is really thankful of Doon Defence Career Point which helped her clearing her NDA Exam and now she is in NDA . Really great Academy for NDA Coaching.

  50. papacy

    March 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    nice 1 blessing my dear’.God guide u

  51. wisdom Nnamso

    June 28, 2016 at 1:14 am

    great, is really amazing, may Almighty God guid you.

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    October 14, 2019 at 11:26 am

    thank you for sharing my brother is really thankful for A Military academy. now he is at National Defence Academy. best NDA coaching for NDA

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    October 16, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Very impressive

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    February 23, 2021 at 7:29 am

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    October 21, 2021 at 6:32 pm

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