Last updated on September 20th, 2020 at 08:55 pm | This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated with new information.
Her split-second decision saved the lives of everyone onboard and several families linked to them.
Nigeria should know its heroes, so letâ€™s get to know better this amazing young lady who was ready for everything to become the very first female helicopter pilot in the worldâ€™s most populous black nation.
Captain Abimbola Jayeola hails from Abeokuta in Ogun state.
In 2008, she graduated from the Bristow Academy, where sheÂ â€œlearned to believe in herselfâ€. Speaking about her training in Florida, the USA, she said:
â€œFrom a technical perspective, my academy experience is the foundation of my success on the job today. More broadly, exposure to the rich and multicultural diversity at the academy greatly facilitated my understanding and appreciation of different cultures and the way they do things. Effective communication, establishing good interpersonal relationships, networking and sharing ideas are just some of the important â€˜softâ€™ skills I developed and honed during my Academy training.
â€œComing from a part of the world where some professions are viewed as the exclusive preserve of men, I found enormous encouragement in the academy. I learned to believe in myself because I was determined in my choice of becoming a pilot. Iâ€™ll always remember what one of the instructors said to me: â€˜If you have faith in yourself, other people will have no choice but to believe in you.â€™â€™â€™
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Now Captain Jayeola is working for the Bristow Group and her base is Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. Before joining Bristow, she worked with Geointel and Associates.
Abimbola flies the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.