Ladi ogun is a young and charming Nigerian female pilot. I like to call her fly baby as she jokingly calls herself. She has a way of infecting her environment and people around her with her charming personality, despite the fact that she is into the male dominated profession, she still find her own way of exuding femininity. With some blisters on her once soft hands, believe me, there’s no dull moment playing with the classics. Ladi is an example of a strong black woman who despite all odds achieved her dreams. ”Am just a girl next door who wanted to have a career, a career that will be fun & exciting, challenging”, ……says one of the young ladies cruising our airspace as she shares her story with Kemisola Ajetunmobi.
I have always look up to my cousin who is in the Nigerian Air force, now an instructor Wing Commander Edosa, I couldn’t do the real military stuff because of the female restriction stuff so d next best thing is civil flying, so that was how the idea of being a pilot comes up and having stayed in Kaduna most of my life, Zaria happens to host the only flying school in Africa, I think that helps too.
The journey so far….
I started out as a flight dispatch having taken a course in flight Dispatch NCAT, Zaria. I worked for two years as a flight dispatch, Eventually I went to South Africa for Private pilot License PPL, then came back to Nigeria – continue working for some time and then went back to Zaria for the CPL (commercial Pilot license) multi engine IR. Then I went to Miami for type rating on B727-200. All these took me 4yrs to achieve. Presently I am flying for Allied Air.
Challenges are a normal occurrence in life but when it comes to flying, it really pours. It took me 4 years to get here with enormous challenges but I know God never gave up on me even when I gave up on my self. Faith in God, in your ability, courage; perseverance and humility will get u there.
At first, my father was reluctant because my sibling were doing the university stuff and I was expected to do same but i chose what I love, although it was the unexpected but thanks be to God because right now my father happen to be my biggest rock after God.
Life as a pilot.
Flying is exciting, challenging and fun especially when you like going places but u don’t get to socialize much because you are not a regular gal no more. You have to be focused and being focused I mean being able to keep your head together even when all goes wrong. Flying involves studying manuals & procedures, writing & passing exams, regular flight checks, simulator recurrency every 6 months and type ratings whenever you wish to change to another AC before you can mount the controls.”
Advice to other “wannabe” fly-babies.
Well my advice is that nothing is impossible, if you can dream it, u can achieve it. You have to be focused, and most especially have faith in God.
Interviewer: Kemisola Ajetunmobi