01 March 2013 06:52 | By James Francis
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Ghana Trains Its First Female Civilian Pilot



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Ghana Trains Its First Female Civilian Pilot

Patricia Mawuli is no ordinary pilot - the 24-year-old recently became the first female civilian pilot who was trained and certified inside Ghana. The young woman is also the first black African to receive the Rotax Aircraft Engines certificate. She started working at a rural airfield 5 years ago - in a BBC interview she reveals that at first the company would not employ women. Eventually they tried to get rid of her by having her clear bushes around the field. When Mawuli did a better job of it than even the local men, her employers looked at her in a different light. Today she helps run a flight academy near the capital of Accra, where she trains new pilots - including other women.

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