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Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo – THE FIRST NIGERIA FEMALE PILOT WITH QATAR AIRWAYS

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In Doha, Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo, a Nigerian female pilot etched a record of her own working for a world-class Air-Line. She is the first Nigeria female pilot to be hired by Qatar Airways and she will be flying the big bird, the Dreamliner Boeing 787.

Over the years, Nigerian women have proven that they are capable of achieving incredible feats across all industries and this is the case of Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo, who becomes the First Nigerian Female Pilot at Qatar Airways likewise the First Nigerian Female Pilot on the Gigantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft.

Sowemimo, an indigene of Ogbomosho, an ancient town in Oyo State. Married to Seun Funmi Olamilekan Sowemimo on the 22 day of April, 2017. A marriage that is blessed with kids, a true inspiration for Nigerian women to pursue their dreams despite having a family. The graduate of  Ladoke Akintola University, which is also based in the old city.

In 1978, Chinyere Kalu was recorded the first Nigerian female commercial pilot in 1978, thereby making her part of the first wave of African female pilots but not the first female pilot in Africa. The place of the female pilot in African social-political context is subjective. One account has it that Ghanaian Millicent Melody Danquah was the first female pilot after she flew solo for the first time in a de Havilland Canada DHC -1 Chipmunk Aircraft in 1964. Making her prominent as the first female African aviator.

For African women, History shows that it took a very long time for them to enjoy basic human rights. Through the fight of equality and provision of human rights and privileges to women in society, they have proven that they are a force to reckon with and a set back is no reason not to rise as fast as they can. They have also proven that they are capable of achieving incredible feats across many industries.

In recent times, African women are leading and dominating the spaces they find themselves but only a few are waves in male-dominated industries. Many trailblazers have accomplished in the field of sports, business, medicine and so on. Now, a Nigerian trailblazer Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo has emerged in the aviation industry just like our own Ngozi Okonjo Iweala in the global financial sector.

Like Danquah and Kalu, cited earlier, a wave of positive acknowledgment, praise and congratulatory messages have continued to trail the announcement of Sowemimo. She had taken to her Facebook page to thank God for His mercy. She wrote: “It is the Lord’s doing and its marvelous in my sight” caught in the euphoria of her moment, the Orlando, Florida based pilot further posted a picture of herself as a student of Sunrise Aviation Academy U.S on Facebook with the caption “Days of little beginning … God be praised #Ihavedominion”.

On seeing her post, friends and family members on the platform also celebrated her for the great achievement, thanking God for granting her the abilities to achieve it. Other well-meaning Nigerians also followed suit on social media to heap praises on her for the stunning milestone. One of such is Arunma Oteh, a former World Bank Vice-President, who gave Sowemimo the applause with the tweet: Congratulations Captain Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo, making Nigeria proud. President Okonkwo @IkechukwuQwu wrote first Nigeria female pilot will Qatar Airways, Mrs. Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo flying the Dreamliner Boeing 787. Congrats Captain!

Headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, Qatar Airline Operates a hub -and-spoke network, linking over 150 international destinations across African, central Asia, Europe, far East, South Asia, America and Oceania, using a fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

Even though the Middle East is home to some of the world’s biggest and most recognizable airlines like emirates and Etihad, it’s reputed as an extremely challenging region for women hoping to set into the cockpit. The state-owned national carrier of Qatar is one of the first in the region to introduce female pilots with women accounting for 44 percent of the airline’s workforce as at 2018, according to its Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.   

Piece contributed by Kine Ivere    

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HRH Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, (Ogidan I), IV Alase of Ase-Akoko

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History was made on the 18th of May, 2021, when Ase-Akoko community in Akoko North-West Local Government Area in Ondo State of Nigeria produced a successor to the throne of Alase of Ase-Akoko in the person of Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogidan, in a keenly contested election.

Aderemi Ogidan became the fourth Alase of Ase-Akoko after the kingmakers “Afobaje” voted four against one in his favour, defeating two other interested candidates at Community Primary School, Ase-Akoko, Akoko North West LGA, Ondo State.

The election which was conducted by the local government officials, witnessed and captured by the media and observers from the state government, was a crowd pulling event.

True to his name “Aderemilekun” meaning “Crown Ogidan Aderemi Ilesanmi is no doubt an enigmatic, influential and easy going personality, committed to the course of development of the community. In 2002, he voluntarily relinquished his job in Lagos to answer the call of duty in his community he so loved.

According to him, “How can the Kabiyesi sent to Ikaram for a writer before he can write ordinary letter?

For his education, he attended Moslem Primary School, Ikaram-Akoko and was later admitted to Otolomi High School, also in Ikaram-Akoko. When Otolomi High School was closed down due to state government policy then, he joined Community Comprehensive High School, Ikaram-Akoko and finally wrote his West African Examination at Akunnu Comprehensive High School, Akunnu-Akoko where he bagged his West African School Certificate (WASC).

In his quest for academic excellence, he attended the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) at Akungba-Akoko to obtain a Diploma in Business Administration.

Before becoming the king elect, Aderemi has his hands in so many things including politics. His desirous for the development of his community brought about the construction of the road from ikaram to Ae through his unparallel activities I  the political scene.  He has been a pillar of note to many indigenes.

HRH, Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi, (Ogidan 1), is a man of policy, principle and integrity. He’s loved and cherished by his people.the His coronation ceremony will immediately take place after receiving the Staff of Office from the Stae Government.

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G-Brain, A Fast Rising Star

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G-Brain, born Abiodun Bamisile, a fast rising music star. Was born in 1988 from Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti State, He attended his primary at Benin and secondary school at Community Comprehensive High School. . Ikaram-Akoko.

He proceeded to University of Benin (UNIBEN). Where he studied International Studies at Diploma level,

A Lagos based hip-hop artiste. His first hot “Obente” was a crowd pulling hit followed by many others,

He took his music to international scene. When he travelled to Ghana for an international musical and festival event. Where he was the toast of the fans,

He later travelled to Canada for shows and was invited for another show in the United states of America (USA)by his teeming fans,

G-Brain is planning big for year 2021, According to him. He intends to tour thirteen (13) states before the year runs out. With what he knows how to do best – Music,

G-Brain is a proud husband to his charming and elegant wife-Tolani. With valued and well cherished children,

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CAJ Holds Maiden Conference in October

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A Pan African Journalists Organisation registered in Nigeria (RC:153753), Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) will hold its first annual conference in Nigeria in October this year.

According to the Acting President of CAJ who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Adeboboye “The three-day conference with the theme – Africa and Security Challenges; The Role of Journalists in Finding Lasting Solutions will serve as an interface between stakeholders in the Africa’s development project, security gurus and information gatekeepers with the aim to map a path of progress for the continent”

The conference will hold in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, starting from October 6 and ends in October 8.

The conference will feature investiture of patrons, conferment of awards and film shows about CAJ and its objectives. The film shows will project Africa richness and versatility in culture, tourism and languages.

“Considering the various challenges of African countries recently, particularly in the areas of fake news and security with their adverse consequences in the genuine African leadership roadmap to the continent’s growth and development, CAJ believes that telling the true and positive Africa narratives and opportunities abound in the continent. Hence its resolve for the 2021 conference to bridge the gap between the information gateway and leadership in the continent,”  said Ashraf Aboul Yazid Dali, President, Asian Journalists Association, AJA and Vice President, CAJ North Africa. Dali an award winning journalist is an Egyptian poet, Editor-in-Chief, The Silk Road Literature Series, Chairman, CAJ Conference 2021 and also a Keynote Speaker at the conference.

Other speakers at the conference include; Retired Brigadier-Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman (MNI), Hon. Gospel Kazako and Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu.

Usman is the Consultant Director, Corporate Affairs and Information at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Mahangi Communication Services and Mahangi Farms. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of African Leadership Magazine and member of the Board of Trustees of Security Watch Africa Initiative. 

Hon. Gospel Kazako is a foremost journalist and Malawian entrepreneur who founded the Zodiak Broadcasting Station; a national broadcasting station in Malawi. Kazako is also a poet and current serving Minister of Information, Malawi. While Mohammed Ibrahim Moalimuu is a senior Somali international journalist and unionist, formerly with BBC and Reuters. Moalimuu is the current Spokesperson of Federal Government of Somalia and Senior Media Adviser to the Prime Minister.

According to CAJ Acting Vice President, West Africa, Joseph Adika who is the CEO of Jubilee Broadcasting Network, Ghana, CAJ African Leadership Award 2021 will recognise outstanding performance and leadership qualities of the recipients in a bid to encourage dedication to service to humanity and fine governance in Africa.

The African great men nominated for CAJ Leadership Award are; His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, Hon. Thandi Modise, Speaker, South Africa National Assembly and Chief Justice of Malawi, Hon. Justice Andrew Nyirenda.

According to CAJ Secretary General, Moise Manoel, “Some members of CAJ will also be recognised for their various contributions to the organisation”

The CAJ Conference Planning Committee are; Ashraf Aboul-Yazid Dali (Egypt), Chairman, Moise Manoel (Paris), Secretary – General, Joseph Adika(Ghana), Member, Admire Mackenzie Kudita (Zimbabwe), Member, Ajong M. Laurean (USA), Member, Blessing Kenache (Malawi), Member.

Ashraf Aboul Yazid dali

Others are; Habibat Mobolaji Salami, CAJ Vice President Diaspora (USA), Member, Emmanuella Maikem Manzie (Cameroon), Olusiji Balogun (Nigeria), Ibrahim Olayiwola (Nigeria), Edache Ochola (Nigeria), Abimbola Owoseni (Germany), Amina Anebi (Nigeria), Amina Mussa (United Kingdom) and Ngozi Amadi (Nigeria)

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