Born 13 March 1984



Blessing Liman (born 13 March 1984), is a Nigerian military personnel of the Nigerian Air Force best known for being Nigeria's first female military pilot. Liman is a descent of Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria. An alumnus of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, she enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force in July 2011 and was commissioned on 9 December 2011.[2] On 27 April 2012, she made history by becoming Nigeria's first female combat pilot following the badge decoration ceremony of thirty flying officers by Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar.. 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." “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."
Gender: Female
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State of Origin: Kaduna State,
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Profession Airforce officer
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Nigerian College of Aviation Technology,

first female military pilot of the Nigerian Air Force.

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