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Nigerian Pilot Makes World History

Nigerian Pilot Makes World History
  • PublishedMarch 31, 2017

A Nigerian pilot has become the first African to fly solo across the world.

Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin, 38, a Boeing 737 pilot with Air Djibouti, spent just over eight months to complete the historic feat, flying a single-engine light aircraft across five continents with stopovers in more than 15 countries.

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’.’

The father of two touched down Wednesday at Washington’s Dulles Airport after visiting 20 countries on five continents in his record bid, which began at the same airport on 26 June 2016.

The journey covered 29,000 nautical miles across countries that included the US, Cameroon, Iceland, France, Egypt, Kenya, Bangladesh and Australia.

BBC Africa

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