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Nigerian pilot makes history, begins solo flight around the world

Ademilola Odujinrin

Ademilola Odujinrin

Air Djibouti, managed by Cardiff Aviation, on Monday, said that its pilot, Mr Ademilola Odujinrin, was on a mission to become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Djibouti, Mr Mario Fulgoni, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja.

He stated that the pilot had on Oct. 14 embarked on the second leg of his historic journey in a Cirrus aircraft from North Weald airfield in the UK.

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He noted that “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.”

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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.

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.”

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