Nigerian Pilot Begins Mission To Fly Solo Around The World

A Nigerian pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, has embarked on a mission to be the first African pilot to fly solo around the world.

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Ademilola Odujinrin


Odujinrin of Air Djibouti is carrying out his goal using a Cirrus aircraft – and has already on Friday (October 14) begun the second leg taking off from North Weald airfield in the United Kingdom.

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Odujinrin stepping out of the Cirrus aircraft


The Chief Executive Officer of Air Djibouti, Mr Mario Fulgoni, gave details of the historic flight in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

Fulgoni said, “having already completed a transatlantic crossing from Washington D.C. in the light single-propeller aircraft, the Nigerian aviator is now heading to Malta.

He will then head on to Djibouti, where he will fly as a commercial pilot for the national flag carrier.

From there, Odujinrin will continue around the rest of the world, through India and Australia, and intends to set a further aviation milestone with the fastest U.S. coast-to-coast flight in a single-prop aircraft.

According to him, the flight is part of ‘Project Transcend’, a foundation aimed at inspiring young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.

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The airline boss then quoted Odujinrin as saying “fewer than 115 people have completed a solo circumnavigation of the globe by air, and it has been my dream since my youth to join them.

I hope to set a world first and inspire a generation of people in Africa and beyond.