Blazing the Trail: Nigeria’s Air Peace Gets First Female Pilot

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Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace on Monday matched its pledge to always ensure gender equality by giving one of its female pilots, Sinmisola Ajibola command of the cockpit.

Sinmisola, who joined Air Peace in February 2017 as a Senior First Officer (SFO), made history as the airline’s first female captain. She is from a family of pilots – father and four brothers, three of whom are with Air Peace.

Presenting the new captain to the Chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema for decoration, the Chief Pilot, Capt. Victor Egonu said he predicted Sinmisola’s elevation on the first flight with her.

Sinmisola was decorated with her captain epaulletes at Air Peace Corporate Headquarters in Lagos in company of the airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, Director of Flight Operations, Capt. Wellington Eyimina and Chief Pilot, Capt. Victor Egonu.

He urged the new captain to sustain her outstanding performance in and out of the cockpit.

He praised the airline’s pilots and their other Nigerian colleagues for displaying excellence in the cockpit as well as standing tall among their counterparts across the globe.  

Air Peace currently has 8 female pilots in its employ. Women also occupy most of the top positions in Air Peace including the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer.

Women also run four of the carrier’s stations. While Kachollom Nyiam-Zang is in charge of Air Peace’s Abuja station, Chiaka Nwosunjoku, Shola Ogunwuyi and Aanuoluwapo Olatunbi run the airline’s Port Harcourt, Accra and Banjul offices respectively.

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