Audrey Esi Swatson’s story is nothing if not inspiring, and proves that Black women continue to shatter glass ceilings all over the world.
Black News is reporting that Swatson, a native of Ghana, has become the country’s youngest female pilot at the young age of 21. Swatson is a First Officer with Passion Air in Ghana, operating the Dash 8 Q-400 aircraft.
Swatson is also the CEO of her own company, Excel Aviation, which aims to help other aspiring female pilots in Ghana, like her.
Audrey Esi Swatson was first inspired to become a pilot at the age of 18. Against all odds, she reported for training at the Mach1 Aviation Academy in South Africa. Just one year later, she was competent enough to complete her first solo flight. And at age 21, she received her commercial pilot’s license after completing more than 200 hours of flight training.
“Apart from God and my parents, I owe everything I am and everything I hope to be to school,” she said to Black News. “Without the education I have received during my lifetime, the friends I have met and have networked with, the great teachers that have been there for me since day one, I would not be able to move on to a more positive place in my life. I would not be able to have a chance to even become a pilot.”
Despite her current success, she said that when she first got behind the wheel of the airplane, she was afraid to move the plane.
After she got over her maiden flight jitters, however, she found that she really enjoyed flying.
Her accomplishments, in fact, have brought so much pride to the country of Ghana that she was honored by the Ministry of Aviation, and also has been nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year (Ghana).