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Meet Ademilola Odujinrin, The First African Pilot To Fly Round The World

Nigeria’s commercial pilot Ademilola Odujinrin has set the record as the first African pilot to fly around the world, solo.

The aviation enthusiast just included himself in the list of 114 co-record breaking people who have accomplished the feat.

Ademilola Odujinrin is an experienced commercial pilot. He is taking up this challenge under ‘Transcend project’ which is geared towards helping people overcome limitations.


The over one month long task took him round the entire world. Of course, it is logical that he made several stops along the route.

The idea was that the solo pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin would fly his way to and from Lagos going through places like Central Africa, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, India, Australia, the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iceland,  Algeria and Niger Republic.

Ademilola made this expedition with a Cirrus SR22 aircraft with a payload of 439kg and a registration number of N313CD. The aircraft has additional long-range tanks and several other modifications to suit the nature of the task.

The seasoned pilot spent weeks training and mastering the navigation of his historic solo flight across the globe.

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According to Ademilola who is a husband and a father of 2, the essence of the expedition is to show Nigerians a practical picture as well as the need for breaking barriers.

“The project aims to inspire Nigeria’s teeming population to begin to conceive a world without borders with unbridled dreams to transform the Nigerian narrative while shattering all stereotypes.”


Before his take off, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi at Dulles Airport Washington DC, USA graced the unveiling ceremony of the Nigerian Captain, Ademilola Odujinrin.

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His imperial majesty blessed the young man who is putting Africa as a whole on the map by daring to be the first African ever to undertake a Solo flight round the world.

Report says that the expedition cost about $1 million and took 10 long years to organize.




Written by How Africa

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