This profiles the special lady that became the first Nigerian combatant pilot with a high level of intelligence and expertise on the field.
Intelligent, witty and yeah, beautiful, Blessing Liman is the first female military pilot of the Nigerian Air Force.
Born 29 years ago (13th March, 1984), Blessing Liman hails from Kaduna State and is an indigene of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area. She later attended the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, Kaduna State. She was of the SP-24A set of pilots and they were referred to as the Knights of the Air.
Becoming NAF's first female combatant pilot:
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."
“I am going to work, with prayers, dedication and hard work, I know I will succeed.”
"As a first female pilot I would want to make a mark that would encourage other females to join the military because I believe that all females have equal opportunity to exercise their rights in whatever they choose to do, I believe that all female Nigerians who choose to become pilots can do it since I have done it."