By Victor Ernest
A Nigerian born Pilot, Ademilola Lola Odujinrin, has become the first African to fly around the world, as he completed the historical task on Thursday afternoon when he landed at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Lola, who pilots for Air Djibouti, 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 circumstances.
The history maker speech
”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 history maker told newsmen after landing.
Lola has logged over 4,000 hours as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot, since earning his pilot licence six years ago.
Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman of Air Djibouti, told newsmen that the airline supported initiatives like Lola’s flight around the world to inspire a new generation of pilots in Africa and help to pave the way for the aviation industry to thrive in the region.