Ademola Odujinrin a Nigerian pilot, made history as the first African pilot to fly solo around the world.
Ademilola Odujinrin completed the final leg of the historic journey on Wednesday 29th March 2017, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Ademilola Odujinrin completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September.
The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal challenges and circumstances.
Ademilola Odujinrin said that “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.”
Both formed part of a high-level delegation to welcome the historic aviator on the tarmac at Dulles Airport, including: the Ambassador of Djibouti to the United States, His Excellency, Mr. Mohamed Siad Doualeh; Senior Director of Strategic Planning for Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority, Mr. Dawit Michael Gebre-ab; and Chief Operating Officer of Air Djibouti, Mr. Moussa Houssein.
It was also disclosed by the CEO Africa World Press, which plans to publish a book on the journey.
That Ademilola Odujinrin has logged over 4,000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot since earning his pilot licence sometimes in 2010.
The Chairman of Air Djibouti, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, stated that “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.”
It was further disclosed that globally, the aviation industry represents a massive opportunity for African economies to play a larger role in the global village that 2017 alone will see approximately four billion airline passengers worldwide, as well as over 50 million tonnes of cargo being transported by air.
Africans are urged to take opportunity of the aviation sector.