In September 2016, Ademilola “Lola” Oyewale Odujinrin (a.k.a L.O.), became the first African to fly solo around the world — in a single-engined Air Djibouti plane.
A journey that took him almost three (3) months to complete, took years of planning, perseverance and preparation.
As a commercial pilot, Lola, has been obsessed with flying and the mechanics of flight , since the tender age of 4.
So, he spent his early childhood making kites until the age of 14, when an uncle took him on his first flight lesson in the jumpseat of a commercial aircraft.
In April 1999, (at 19 years of age), he obtained his Private Pilot’s License (PPL) after only 19 days of training.
This achievement encouraged the young pilot to pursue an Aerospace Engineering degree at the University of London in Queen Mary, England; the land of his birth.
Growing up in Nigeria, Lola was labeled “the odd one out“,for his continuous efforts at achieving the impossible with very limited resources, and among other things, has been able to ride a bicycle from Africa to UK.
Lola says his objective is to be a philanthropist, and an inspiration to African youth especially.
So his message to the youth is that, ‘if you can envision it, you can achieve it’. And with this mindset, his plan is not only to be remembered as the 1st African to fly solo around the world, but “The man who overcame ALL odds”.
Checkout his website for more details on this great African Hero!