In October 2016, LIB reported about Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin; the Nigerian pilot whose lifelong ambition was to become the first African pilot in history to fly around the world solo. Fast forward to March 2017 and he has achieved the seemingly impossible mission.
Odujirin who works for Air Djibouti completed the final leg of his historic journey on Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.
The pilot has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents and returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September 2016.
The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.
“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!’”