Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has hailed the talent and resilience of Nigerians wherever they are, noting that “the country is blessed with great talents and Nigerians are among some of the most creative and smartest persons around the world.”
Prof Osinbajo made the remarks when he received the first African to travel round the world as a solo traveller, Capt. Lola Odujinrin, on a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa.
According to the vice president, “your story is really fascinating and I am extremely proud of what you have done and more that you are a Nigerian and I am very sure that just as we took over the entertainment industry, we will certainly break new grounds.”
Osinbajo, who was full of praises for the young pilot and his team’s achievements, said “this is the sort of things that people should hear especially young people. It is really inspiring and younger people must begin to learn from your experience and story, and I am glad that you achieved this feat.
“Also, the team is entirely Nigerian and that by itself is certainly a good thing and I am sure this portends even greater things for us in the future.”
On the pilot’s humanitarian project, Prof Osinbajo said that he looked forward to offering his support.
Earlier, Capt Odujinrin said his goal was to put Nigeria on the world map by being the first African to go round the world as a solo pilot and achieve that humanitarian aspect of his dream.
In his brief narration about his world flying project, Odujinrin said it was inspired by his dream to fly aircrafts at the age of 10, stating that “it is important to share my story in order to inspire kids, adults and everyone about the struggles I went through in life.”
Odujinrin flew several hours to 25 countries and made 35 stops in nine months, making him the first African to attain the feat.