Nigerian Woman, Chinyere Kalu, First Nigerian Female Commercial Pilot And The First Woman To Fly An Aircraft In Nigeria.
Women are soon becoming prominent in various sectors across the world. In this case, we are not trying to equate men to women but rather rubbing on the eyes of everyone the unique strength and unique nature of a woman as evident in Chinyere Kalu, a bold and daring Nigerian we brought to your reading pleasure today as always.
Chinyere Kalu is a young woman, a native of Ukwa East, Abia State. Kalu was nurtured by her single mother, being a result of the separation of her parents.
She had her primary education at Anglican Girls Grammar School, Yaba, Lagos. Her career in the Aviation world was awakened and inspired by her adventurous Aunt who loves travelling abroad.
She proceeded to be trained as a private and commercial pilot in 1978 at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria under SP.12 Batch.
Subsequently, She took several aviation and transport courses in the United Kingdom and the United States. She was later granted a license as a commercial pilot on May 20, 1981, from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology. She has since gained various awards and recognitions.
In October 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed her the rector and chief instructor of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology until February 2014.
She is a member of the Nigerian Women Achievers Hall of Fame and also a member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which was conferred upon her in 2006.
Other awards on her include the African International Achievers Merit Award 2007; the Rare Gems Professional Achievements Award 2007; and Nigeria’s 50 Greatest Women of Democratic Administration of Ghana 2012. All of this put together made her earn a special tag and recognition as the first Nigerian female commercial pilot and the first woman to fly an aircraft in Nigeria