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20-year-old Lady sets record as youngest female pilot, joins 5.2% women pilot in Africa

A 20-year-old Lady named Ouloassia Jennifer Yhaye made history as one of the youngest pilots in Africa, after a successful and career achievement at her young  age.

Jennifer, an Ivorian became one of Africa’s youngest female airline pilots. She started her education at Morning Glory International School (MGIS) in Abidjan. 

After which she proceeded to earn a baccalaureate in pure mathematics, physics, and instrumentation and control in 2014, with fluency in in French, English, and Spanish. Jennifer then relocated to South Africa and enrolled in  43 Air School (PTY) Ltd.

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Renowned for shaping exceptional aviators, 43 Air School awarded her commercial pilot diploma in 2016 following two years of rigorous training.


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Immediately after Jennifer clocked 20 years old, she returned to  Ivory Coast and secured a position with Air Côte d’Ivoire and she emerged as a first officer for the DASH 8-Q400 aircraft at Asky swiftly.

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Jennifer persisted in her pursuit of excellence, expanding her proficiency to include flying the ATR 42/72 and B737-800 aircraft. By 2019, she had amassed over 800 flight hours, a remarkable milestone for any pilot.

To honor her achievement, the Ivorian State awarded Jennifer the Excellence Prize for the best contribution to the aviation industry, citing her exceptional accomplishments and unwavering commitment to her career.


Jennifer is presently employed at ASKY AIRLINES and has recently attained the role of a 737MAX pilot. She is one of the group of pilots to fly the first 737MAX aircraft in West Africa according to her LinkedIn.

”Recently my employer ASKY AIRLINES added two 737 Max 8 aircrafts to our fleet and flying it has been an absolute delight,” Jennifer said.

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”Rising up to the challenge of its renewed technologies and famous reputation is something to be proud of, and I am delighted that I was trusted to be a part of history being made as we welcomed the first 737Max in West-Africa,” she added.

She said she initially thought about keeping her achievement to herself and her family. However, she realizes that her accomplishment has a greater purpose beyond herself.

Jennifer said she hopes that in the future, a woman, a young pilot, a black person, or a dreamer will see her achievement and be inspired by it. She added that she wants others to remember it as a source of motivation, believing that if she can achieve something, they can too.

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