Meet Kafayat Sanni, First Nigerian Female Fighter Pilot, You Will Be Amazed At Her Achievement
The Nigerian air force scene just got challenging in this century. It is awesome to see females fighting for the opportunity men naturally go for.
Kafayat Sanni, a 24-years-old purpose-driven lady, fought her way to become the first Nigerian female fighter pilot. Kafaya was born in 1997.
Kafayat Sanni received her education in the United States of America. She is the first woman to get winged for a fixed-wing fighter aircraft after regular combat training at the Nigerian Defence Academy.
She was decorated by the Nigerian Air Force as a flight lieutenant and the youngest after 55 years of the Nigerian Air force history. She was a member of the NAF 401 Flying Training School in Kaduna State, in 2017, she emerged as the overall best pilot in her set. She was later sent to proceed with her training in the United States of America at the US Aviation Leadership Program.
On October 15, 2019, Kafayat Sanni was decorated at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja with 12 new fighter pilots, all of whom were men.
She earned the right to fly the wings of any combat plane. Even though she was about to return to the battlefield in Borno State, it was an honourable one for her. Her objective is to bring Boko Haram to heel. Kafayat, confident and bold, declared that she would give her quota to the fight against terrorism.
“I was just blessed to be chosen,” Kafayat Sanni said as she accepted the first female prize in flying Alpha Jets and other aircraft. She added that “It was also a decision she made.” “It was just what she desired. And she had the impression that no one should fold their arms and witness what is going on in the country.
Everyone has the ability to contribute. She said didn’t think there was any reason to believe that she wouldn’t be able to fly the aircraft because no woman had ever done so. she was also certain that she could do it.
“There are other pilots on the battlefields and they are doing very well,” she continued,
I am optimistic about the mission ahead and more than determined to be on the frontlines with my male colleagues. I believe we will battle against insurgency and everything else that’s been going on in our nation as a team.
Kafaya got national and international recognition for this achievement as it was a breakthrough for Nigeria.
Capt. Christy Martin, Columbus AFB international military student officer, Sanni Kafayat is Nigeria’s first female fighter pilot. I am looking forward to seeing her develop and succeed as an international military student officer at Columbus AFB.
“I believe she is really driven and enthusiastic to return to her homeland and fly fighters,”
Mrs. Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women’s Affairs, was also pleased with Kafayat and another female combat helicopter pilot’s accomplishments. “I’m very pleased that history is being made here today,” Tallen says.
“The advice I want to emphasize to females is that they should never say no to possibilities,” Kafayat remarked as she dressed other young future military females. “They should constantly strive for excellence and put up their best efforts,”
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