Then just 15-years old, Kimberly Anyadike of Los Angeles navigated a single-engine Cessna Aircraft alone through thunderstorms in Texas before landing her plane to cheering crowds at Compton Woodley Airport on July 11, 2009. That day, she set the record as the youngest African American female pilot to fly solo across America.
This was a classic example of Africans challenging the ordinary and breaking stereotypes. Kimberly is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants residing in Los Angeles, USA. After landing she was so humble in explaining that she did not make the trip to set a record or become some kind of celebrity but because she wanted to inspire other kids to really believe in themselves.
It is hoped that other African youths can learn from this example and chase their dreams without fear or favour.