As Black history month rolls in, Glazia is excited to join the celebration to spotlight, honor and celebrate people from the motherland who are making the nation proud by making global impact all around the globe. As CNN host; Fareed Zakaria described last year described during one of his shows – “Nigerians are the most educated and hardworking immigrants in the US and have added over $26 billion dollars to the US economy.” according to statistics provided by certain studies cited by him.
In honor of Black History Month, we will be celebrating Nigerians putting their footprints in the sands of time all around the globe, including those who are from Nigeria, living in Nigeria as well as the diaspora. Today, we will be celebrating;
Flight Pilot, Nigerian Military Personnel of the Nigerian Airforce.
“I believe that all females have equal opportunity to dignify their rights in whatever adventure they choose they can do”
Blessing Liman (born 13 March 1984), is a Nigerian military personnel of the Nigerian Air Force best known for being Nigeria’s first female combat military pilot. She was enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force in July 2011 and was commissioned on 9th December, 2011. She was of the SP-24A set of pilots and they were referred to as the Knights of the Air.
She was commissioned as a Combat Flying Officer alongside 126 others who finished the Direct Short Service Course 2010/2011 Cadets of the 325 Ground Training Group at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna. Present at the winging ceremony (badge decoration) was the then Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Mohammad Dikko Umar who described her training as a ‘very laudable achievement’. I very much agree with the former CAS. She was quite excited and proud to have made history and said:
“It is very uplifting and I feel very proud of myself though it has been very challenging. Coming from the civil war and the civil mentality, the Air Force has done a great job because it has changed our orientation. I believe that all females have equal opportunity to dignify their rights in whatever adventure they choose they can do.”