Nigerian Pilot breaks record, becomes the first African to fly solo around the world

Ademola Odujinrin is a Nigerian Pilot who works for Air Djibouti. In a recent history-making, he has become the first Nigerian and African pilot to fly around the world alone.

Nigerian pilot becomes first African to fly around the world alone

According to media reports, Odujinrin began his journey from Washington DC in September 2016 and completed the final leg of his historic journey on Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport. He completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22 airplane, making stops in more than 15 countries on five continents.

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

Odujinrin confessed, “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.”

The Nigerian has logged over 4,000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot since earning his pilot licence six years ago.

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