A Nigerian pilot Ademilola Odujinrin has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world. He completed the final leg of his historic journey on Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.
According to VON, the pilot completed the entire journey in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, then returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September.
The flight was part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire 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.
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 benefits will be felt within the region, as this will encourage more intra-African trade and sustainable economic development.
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.