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Meet Ademilola Odujinrin, Nigerian Pilot Who Became First African To Fly The World Solo


Ademilola Odujinrin who is popularly known as ‘Lola’  is a Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti and has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world.

Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey 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, 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.

Ademilola says: “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!’”

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Air Djibouti’s Chairman, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, and Cardiff Aviation’s Chairman, Bruce Dickinson, who have supported me throughout this journey. Without them, this would not have been possible.”

As a young boy, Lola looked up to his uncle who was a commercial pilot and went flying with him during an era when sitting in the flight deck was not an issue and at age 15 he began to save earnestly to achieve this dream of being a pilot and he worked two jobs while studying for his’A’ levels.

 Lola is married with two beautiful kids.

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