This Nigerian man’s story is proof that dreams come true, especially when you’re working hard and never lose faith. After 24 years of persistent work, he fulfils his dream of becoming a pilot.
Muhammed Abubakar started working as an aeroplane cleaner about 24 years ago. This wasn’t his initial choice of job. Before he was a cleaner, Muhammed went to Kaduna to apply at Kaduna Polytechnic. Unfortunately, he couldn’t send his application on time, and he wasn’t accepted. He couldn’t stay unemployed for long, so he took a casual job as an aircraft cleaner at Kabo Air.
Muhammed’s salary was very low, so nobody thought he would stay for long. He was earning only N200 per day, which is approximately $0,5. However, Abubakar was persistent and soon he was employed as ground staff at the airline in Maiduguri. There he has worked in almost all the positions, and he proved himself to be a disciplined and efficient worker. He shares that working in this company helped him gain knowledge and experience in the aviation sector.
Next Muhammed had the chance to apply for a job as a crew member at Kabo Air, and after solid performance, he got the job.
He was working there for 8 years, for a monthly salary of N17,000. After this, he moved on to Aero Contractors as a flight attendant. Soon his sharp mind and his previous experience paid off. He was noticed by the Deputy Managing Director. His salary was now N170,000. He couldn’t believe it. In fact, when he received his first paycheck, he tried to return the money.
Instead of thoughtlessly spending his salary, Abubakar decided to save it. He went to the managing director and told him about his dream of becoming a pilot. The director loved the idea and supported Muhammed. Soon he was able to pay for his private pilot license in Canada. He successfully finished his training.
When Abubakar returned to Nigeria he found out that he also needs a commercial pilot license but this time he didn’t have enough money. This didn’t crush his spirit. He asked the Deputy Managing Director for help, and because of his loyalty, the company assisted him. They sent him back to Canada for this license and sponsored his training.
After eight years of hard work in Aero Contractors, Muhammed Abubakar finally got a job as a captain at Azman Air.
His journey wasn’t easy but his determination and his faith helped him become everything he’s ever dreamed of. Muhammed’s story is a pure example of how, when you work hard and you never lose hope, you can achieve everything you want in life. After all, dreams don’t work unless you do.
Source * https://www.risingafrica.org/