Akintunde Arotile, the father of the late female pilot, 24-year-old Tolulope, revealed that her daughter had since a baby a dream to become a pilot, and he was very supportive to achieving it.
“One day, when she was very small, she pointed to one small aircraft, parked on a field and said, “Dad, one day I am going to fly that aircraft” and I said amen” was part of the old memory from the proud dad about his 4th child while speaking to Punch, adding that Tolulope’s sudden death devastating him is an understatement as she showed so much promises and potentials.
The power engineer dad, who had worked with the Transmission Company of Nigeria before retirement further said, “From day one, she had not just been brilliant, but also wonderful. I was in Kaduna. She had all her education at the Air Force Base and the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
Having realized his daughter’s dream, Arotile give all supports she started working towards that. “She got admission to the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna. She had a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She became an Air force cadet. She was sent on several courses abroad and became a pilot. I just thank God that she was able to achieve her dreams as a baby before her death.”
Tolulope has been described as an award-winning pilot and in fact the first in the country to become a female combat pilot.
The dad added, “Right from day one, she had been very intelligent. Sometimes, I wondered what type of IQ she had. She also combined intelligence with hard work.
“In fact, if you had been here when her bosses from Enugu came, you would think she was their daughter; the way they were eulogising her. They were proud of her achievements.”
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