Nigeria’s Female Captain Makes History With An All Female Flight Crew

Nigeria’s female Captain Sinmisola Ajibola of Air Peace made history in Summer 2018 by flying a high performance Boeing 737 with an all female flight crew. 

Captain Sinmisola & First Officer Quincy maintained that their hair extensions, eyebrows & lipsticks didn’t affect their work culture as what a man could do, they could equally do perfectly. 

Captain Ajibola is one of a select group of women to hold this post in Nigeria’s aviation industry and history. Mr Allen Onyema, the Chair/CEO of Air Peace, described her achievement and accomplishment as outstanding. He said that although women occupied most of the airlines’ top positions, “Sinmisola’s elevation is a great milestone in our effort to grow capacity for women in the cockpit.”

In commanding the four-leg flight, Captain Ajibola was assisted in the cockpit by Senior First Officer, Quincy Owen along with an all female crew. The airline also has eight female pilots working for it. Globally, only 4-5 percent of pilots are women. The first female commercial pilot to be licensed in Nigeria was Captain Chinyere Kalu in 1981. 

Captain Siminsola, joined the airline in 2017 as a Senior First Officer (SFO), and come from a family of pilots, father and four brothers, with two of her brothers, Ademola and Adeoye, are also employed by Air Peace. 

 Majority of Air Peace staff are  women – 1500 out of 2000; 85 percent (20 key posts) including the Vice Chair, COO, Chiefs of Finance, Administration & four of the carrier stations in West Africa. 

Great job Captain Sinmisola👩🏾‍✈️& leading women of Air Peace ✈️🌌✈️keep flying the aviation✈️🌌✈️flag & more grease to your flying elbow👊🏾🙎🏾‍♀️😘

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Author: nmmin

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