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Nigerian On Course To Be First African To Fly Around the World Solo

A Nigerian pilot is on the second leg of a journey that will see him become the first African pilot to fly around the world solo.

Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin, a pilot for Air Djibouti which is run by Cardiff Aviation, departed the UK for Malta on Friday, having earlier flown across the Atlantic.

Mr Odujinrin also intends to set a further aviation milestone with the fastest US coast-to-coast flight in a single-prop aircraft.

Mr Odujinrin currently has over 4,000 hours logged as a commercial Boeing 737 pilot, having earned his commercial pilot’s licence six years ago.

He said:

Fewer than 115 people have completed a solo circumnavigation of the globe by air, and it’s 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.

The flight is part of Project Transcend, which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals.

Air Djibouti and Cardiff Aviation say they are hoping to inspire a new generation of young pilots in Africa

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