Meet Ademilola Odujinrin, a brave Nigerian pilot who he is preparing to embark on a historic solo flight around the world in April.
Speaking with aviation correspondents at the local wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, the brave Nigerian pilot, Odujinrin said that is dreaming to become the first African to embark on the adventurous journey, which has been accomplished by only 114 people globally.
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The Nation reports that the project is supported by a non-governmental organization, the Transcend Project.
The journey, which is expected to start and finish in Lagos, may take up to six weeks depending on the weather condition.
Odujinrin said that the aim of his journey is to demonstrate the potential capabilities of Nigeria and its people who are able achieve extraordinary feats.
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“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 whilst shattering all stereotypes.
“The planned solo expedition will be achieved flying the aircraft, Cirrus SR22. It has a total payload of about 439kg.
“This particular aircraft with registration number N313CD has been specifically modified for this journey with additional long-range tanks and an HF radio installed for longer stretches of the journey,” he said.
Odujinrin said that he had so far acquired over 4,000 flight hours and worked previously with Nigerian carrier, Arik Air.
He added that he is currently undergoing physical and psychological training to prepare him for the challenges of operating a flight alone.
Ladi Ani-Mumuney, the director of the Transcend Project, revealed that the journey would cost over a million dollars and appealed for support of Nigerians and organisations. According to Ani-Mumuney, the objective of the adventure is to inspire youths to follow their dreams and promote the image of Nigeria outside the country.
Relatives of the pilot who is married and has two kids also called on Nigerians to support Odujinrin and wish him good luck. Adetunji Odujinrin, the pilot’s father, noted that his son’s adventure was a laudable project which needed the support of all and sundry.