Lieutenant Ouma Laouali, 28, on the 21st of October became the first female pilot in Niger. She was one of the Nigerien Airforce members trained by the United States as part of a programme to help fight the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram.
Just as women in politics and business are celebrated, Lieutenant Ouma is celebrated for joining the league of amazing first female pilots in Africa. These female pilots challenge sexist views that men are better suited as pilots. The announcement of Ouma as the first female pilot in Niger is a welcome development.
The historic development is proof that women in Africa are pushing boundaries and scaling barriers. Lt Laouali is a beneficiary of a U.S. training programme to help fight the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, wreaking havoc in parts of West Africa.
These are the five of Africa’s other inaugural female pilots around the continent. Click “Continue Reading” to see them