Nigerian pilot identified as Ademilola Odujinrin, has made history by becoming the first African pilot to complete a solo flight around the world.
Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic trip on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, after landing safely at the Washington Dulles International Airport, where he had started the first leg on his trip in September, 2016.
Odujinrin who is a pilot of Air Djibouti, embarked on the second leg of his historic flight, on October 14, 2016, when he flew to Malta, enroute to Djibouti.
Odujinrin flew around in a Cirrus SR22 aircraft, stopping over in over 15 countries across 5 continents.
Odujinrin’s historic flight was part of a Project Transcend foundation’s move, which they hope would inspire young people to achieve their goals, irrespective of the circumstances they find themselves in.
Speaking on his latest achievement, Odujinrin who has logged in over 4,000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot since earning his pilot licence six years ago, 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.