First African Aviators Webinar Series Shifts Spotlight to Air Traffic Controllers

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After a hugely successful first episode on Pilots, the African Aviators webinar series shifts focus to another exciting aviation career path on Saturday 16th October 2021, Air Traffic Controllers.

These unsung heroes have the task of monitoring aircraft movement and maintaining safe and efficient flow of air Traffic. For pilots, this is as close as you get to a guardian angel. It is considered one of the most stressful jobs in the world but also one of the most rewarding

The challenge for the next generation is that the role of an air traffic controller is not very visible as they are usually hidden from public view in control centers and air traffic control towers. Young people simply cannot aspire to be what they can’t see.

The African Aviators webinar series was designed to uncover and demystify the spectrum of careers across the aviation industry. This episode will highlight seasoned African professionals who are already in the field, track their inspirational stories and address the challenges in pursuing a career in Air Traffic Control. The aim is to inspire and to educate the next generation with practical advise from relatable role models.

This webinar series is brought to you by the African aviation group (on facebook), Aviadev and Airspace Africa. It couldn’t happen without the sponsorship of Embraer

Here are the guest panelists for Episode two: Air Traffic Controllers

 Abdullahi Hersi

Abdullah has been working for the Somali Civil Aviation Authority as an Air Traffic Controller since 2017 and has been an aircraft incident investigation officer since 2020. He has a degree in politics and international relations and is rated for Aerodrome control and Area control. He completed an aerodrome control course in East African school of aviation Nairobi Kenya 2017, an area control course in Ethiopian civil aviation training center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2019. Abdullah currently works at the Mogadishu flight information center


Kate Nnanna-Ibemgbo

Kate is an Air Safety Inspector/Air Traffic Controller with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos Nigeria.  Aside from making sure our Airspace is safe as an Air Safety Inspector and that the travelling public Safe as they travel from point A to point B as a seasoned Air Traffic Controller, Kate is a John Maxwell Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach, A counselor with THE FELLOWSHIP NETWORK, Africa and  JOHN ASHLEY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION and also an Author and Writer who focuses on INTENATIONAL LIVING through growth and development of self. She believes that for one to excel in all spheres of life two very dynamic structures must meet, fuse and evolve, SELF and OTHERS (environment and all that governs it) She has a page on Facebook, Katie’s korner and @katieskorner4growth on Instagram where she shares mind stirring words to encouraging people to be the best version of themselves.

Bupe Peleo Chama

Bupe Peleo Chama hails from from Ndola Zambia and recently turned 21 years old . Bupe is the 2nd born in a family of three children. She finished secondary school In 2018 and is currently waiting to be enrolled at Zambia Air Services Training institute (Zasti), which is located in Lusaka under the January 2022 intake where she plans on doing her ATC programme. Bupe decided to pursue Air traffic control when she was in 10th grade but due to luck of funds she wasn’t able to pursue the program as early expected. Her hobbies are dancing and watching movies and most importantly she’s an aviation enthusiast



In addition to a stimulating discussion on Air Traffic Controllers, this webinar will host  live aviation quiz with prizes provided by the event Sponsor, Embraer.

If you would like to know more about this webinar series and why we are doing it, you can also watch the Aviadev insight Africa podcast with Jon Howell, CEO at Aviadev, Chidozie Uzozi the founder of the African Aviation group(on facebook) and Derek Nseko, CEO at Airspace Africa

The podcast is available HERE:


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