- Patricia Mawuli Nykodzi is Ghana's first female pilot, an aircraft engineer, teacher, and trainer
- The young trailblazer attained this landmark milestone as the country's first woman pilot in 2009
- Patricia also made history as the first Black African to be certified to build Rotax Aircraft Engines at the Regional Innovation Center
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Patricia Mawuli Nykodzi inked her name in the history books after she became Ghana’s first female pilot in 2009.
The young trailblazer joined the ranks of other notable women pioneers when she also became the first-ever Black African to be certified to build Rotax Aircraft Engines at the Regional Innovation Center, near Linz.
Patricia was born in 1988 at a village in the Volta Region, where she grew up in a mud shack. YEN.com.gh gathered that she developed a passion for flying after several years of watching planes passing over her head.
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This same drive inspired her decision to seek employment at the Kpong Airfield at 19 years old. However, she was turned down by the airfield’s technical director, Jonathan Porter.
Porter, however, employed her as a gardener but she offered her services for free. Patricia was brilliant at her job and Porter gradually became aware of her commitment and efficiency.
Having recognised her skills, Porter engaged her to help him with an airplane he was assembling and she was quick to learn, master the skills, and tools used to build the airplane. She was offered a paid job by Porter as a result.
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In 2009, Patricia made history when she became Ghana’s first female pilot in 2009 and also the first-ever Black African to be certified to build Rota Aircraft Engines.
Patricia and Porter set up an aviation school, Aviation and Technology Academy Ghana, known as AvTech, in early 2010.
The school trains these girls to build and maintain ultralight aircraft, flight instructions, airfield operations, robotics engineering, and computers.
In 2013, she was named the managing director of operations for Kpong Airfield, where she doubles as an instructor.
Watch video of Patricia Mawuli below.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh also reported that Jasmine Bowers has etched her name in the sands of history as she becomes the first Black person to earn a doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida.
Amid the raging coronavirus pandemic, Jasmine joined the ranks of women in STEM as she makes history.
Jasmine recently announced her academic milestone in a post on social media stating that ''on July 15, I became the first black woman to defend a dissertation in computer science at UF.''
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