Captain Abimbola Jayeola


At a very going age, Captain Abimbola Jayeola drew inspiration for the cockpit life from reading articles on aviation and aerodynamics.

Captain Abimbola Jayeola

She began fantasizing about flying aircrafts and imagined herself soaring at extreme heights while helping people and goods move from one point to another, at a tender age.

In 2008, she completed an ab-initio training at Bristow Academy Titusville, Florida, USA.

In 2009, she did her type conversion on the Sikorsky 76 at Flight Safety International, Florida, USA and graduated as the first Nigerian female Helicopter Pilot from Bristow Academy.

She officially joined Bristow Helicopters Nigeria as a First Officer in the same year.

In 2014, she was promoted to the rank of Captain, becoming the first female Helicopter Captain in Nigeria.

In February 2016, her heroic act saved the lives of 11 passengers aboard a helicopter she piloted, after the chopper developed a fault.

The helicopter was headed to Lagos from Port-Harcourt when she landed into the Atlantic Ocean to prevent a fatal crash.

Captain Abimbola surely deserves all the accolades for her heroic act. She is also proof that strength and courage are powerful qualities a woman should possess.