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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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Pastor Adeboye Leads Protest to End Killings in Nigeria

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Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, discarded his hitherto conservative and conciliatory disposition and took to the streets to lead thousands of his members in a protest march against insecurity and killings of Christians across the nation, especially in northern states.

The action is sequel to an earlier directive by the leader of one of the most influential Pentecostal churches in Nigeria that its members should conduct the protest nationwide, with him starting his own action at exactly 11am at the RCCG National Headquarters in Ebute Metta, Lagos.

The Assistant General Overseer (Admin and Personnel) of the church, Pastor J.F Odesola, in a circular dated January 29, 2020, addressed to all regions and provinces of the RCCG, parishes of the church were asked to end their service not later than 11am on Sunday to enable members “march round their immediate environment, praying for God’s intervention in the ongoing situation in Nigeria.”

The protests are at the instance of the RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Adejare Adeboye.

The circular, read: “The Christian Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body for all Christians and Christian organisations in Nigeria, has made a clarion call for prayers and advocacy to all Christians in Nigeria in response to the inhumane acts against Christians in the country.”

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun

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Who is Aremo Olusiji Balogun

Olusiji Balogun is a Nigerian politician. He is presently aspiring to be Ondo State Governor.  He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria among others. He is the Founder of Ase Youth Association, among other organisations, His company Promec Innovative Concepts was a child of necessity when his attempt to register Prince Royal Media Concept (Promec) at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) met a brick wall.

Olusiji Balogun is an organizational growth and business development expert with adaptable skills. He is able to use own initiative or work as part of a team. An efficient and effective Human Resources Manager, community worker, excellent communicator at all levels within and outside organizations; he has good problem solving and analytical skills with pioneering spirit. Specific interests include teaching and learning for new product development, business development, participatory social activities, keen insight into the needs of others and with high energy, initiative and focus, proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives. An effective community and social worker, he is fluent with information technology and capable of handling executive assignments and leadership.  Other qualities include being positive with potential ideas, he has the ability to work with any existing staff under any condition or situation and contribute greatly to achieving the best goals of the establishment.

He was born in Ondo town to the family of Samuel Olusegun Balogun and Mrs Grace Remilekun Balogun at Surulere, in PA Akingbola’s house. He was raised up with strong Christian virtue in a nuclear family of three girls and two boys. All alive and doing well in their chosen fields.

He had his early education at St. Luke”s Primary School, Akure but finished at St. James’s Primary School, Ikaram Akoko, all in Ondo State, where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. Olusiji Balogun subsequently earned his west African Senior School Certificate in 1990 after attending Omoluorogbo Grammar School, Akure before proceeding to Ala Community Comprehensive High School, at Ala-Elefosan, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State. He also attended Institute of journalism and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), Akure Campuses for his Diploma in Journalism. He also attended Akwa-Ibom Polytechnic, for his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration. He later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. Edo State. for his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. He is an Associate Member of various professional bodies.

Olusiji Balogun experience in politics is vast. His team helped installed Olusegun Agagu, Olusegun Mimiko as Ondo State Governors. He was the nucleus of Olusegun Mimiko Campaign Organisation for his second term when he was Editor.

He is married to Mrs Olamibo Oluwadamilola Balogun, Proprietaress of Great Minds Readers Literacy Club, in Abuja.  He is blessed with three children, One boy and two girls, namely Oluwabanke, Modesireoluwa and Modesolaoluwa.

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PDP will win 2020 Governorship Election in Ondo State – AOB

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun is a seasoned journalist and aspirant for the 2020 governorship position in Ondo State. In this interview with some journalists and our team, led by Peter Akinduro, he speaks on zoning of the governorship position, chances of the PDP winning the election and his agenda. Excerpts:

Taking critical look at the 2018 Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Ondo State and projecting into the forthcoming 2020 governorship election. What would you say are the chances of the PDP?

The chances of PDP as a party winning the coming Governorship election in Ondo is very bright, I’m 100% sure considering the failure of the present APC government. If the recent happenings in political landscape is anything to go by, PDP will occupy Alagbaka government house in the forthcoming election. However, the party needs to restructure it’s leadership for balance. The State Party Chairman is from Ilaramokin. One of the top aspirants who was the party’s governorship candidate in the last governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede, who lost the last election by whimsical, is from Akure. Both from the same Central Senatorial district. The former Governor of the State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who spent constitutional eight years, is from Ondo town: same Central Senatorial district. All these prominent indigenes of the State are from the Central Senatorial District. If you go by the present settings, themood of the people, this is one anomaly that has to be corrected. For this year’s Governorship election, PDP, as a party will win. So, taking a critical look at the 2018 Presidential and National Assembly elections result in Ondo State and projecting into the forthcoming 2020 Governorship election, the chances of the PDP, as a party is very bright.

Zoning of the next governorship ticket of the PDP to Ondo South Senatorial District has been a loud agitation from mostly governorship aspirants coming from there. However, the PDP’s leadership said zoning would not be a criteria for electing it’s candidate for the election. What’s your take?

On the issue of zoning, the agitations from the Southern and Northern Senatorial Districts, to produce the next Governor cannot be wished away. Having said that, I also believe the leadership of the party, I mean, PDP, is very sincere and principled by saying zoning will not be a criteria. The contest for primaries should be open to all contestants.That is fair enough.

Your party, the PDP has criticized the independent electoral commission of not been objective in recent elections, particularly, that of Kogi State. Do you think your party can evolve mechanisms to curtail possible APC’s rigging mercenaries in the forthcoming election in Ondo State?

The INEC in recent time cannot be said to be objective. When you say party, you’re talking of people with different opinions coming together. We have not criticized INEC decisions. But it is imperative the electoral umpire checkmate rigging in order for election results to reflect the wishes of the electorates.

Why are you aspiring for the position of Ondo State Governor?

My aspiration as Governor in year 2020 is a divine project. It’s the people’s agenda. Nobody can deny God His rights. I’m aspiring to be the next Governor of Ondo State, after Akeredolu might have spent his four years constitutional tenure by God’s grace.

Do you have the wherewithal to scale through the PDP’s primary?

The wherewithal to scale the primaries is God’s given. All my resources are given by God. I don’t lay claim to anything.

What difference are you going to make if eventually elected governor of Ondo State?

Government is a continuum. You only bring new projects to the table. What the previous government can’t achieve, I’ll achieve double by the special grace of God. Be it roads, agriculture, education, etc. All I’ve done in my life is to surround myself with capable hands. My team always deliver. No matter where we find ourselves. The people can testify to this. My aspiration, I repeat, is divine. The difference I’ll make if elected Governor this 2020, will marvel the populace.

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