Miracle Izuchukwu Joins The 7% Of Female And 1% Of Black Female Pilots By Becoming One Herself
Miracle Izuchukwu’s story is one that will inspire many!
From growing up in an environment that discouraged girls from being too ambitious, to becoming a pilot at the age of 23, Miracle is a testament to why girls should continue to dream big!
Announcing her new job status, the 23-year-old wrote: “Whoever it is praying for me, don’t stop, it’s working. I joined the elite group of 7% of females and 1% of black female pilots in the world. It’s an exhilarating, yet surreal feeling to introduce myself to the world as a Pilot.”
Explaining her story, she spoke about her past career struggles of not knowing what to do and the discouragement she faced because of her gender.
She wrote: “‘You can have ambition, but not too much.’ … I am a 23-year-old Nigerian girl who grew up in a society that did not encourage young girls to dream big, career-wise. I remember watching lots of TED Talks to give myself more insights on possible careers that might interest me…to no avail.
“In 2019, I had an encounter with an airline pilot while working as a customer service rep. He opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming a pilot. A few weeks later, I went on a discovery flight that sealed it for me.
“I came home that day, called my father, and told him I was considering becoming a professional pilot.
He said, and I quote: ‘If he gets on a plane and sees a woman as the pilot, he would get off the plane’.”
Letting the discouragement be a fuel to persevere even more, Miracle has become pilot!
Ending her post on an encouraging note, she wrote, “Food for thought: What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? If it’s truly something you want to do, you need to create it for yourself. In a world that wants us to whisper, I choose to yell.”
What an inspiration!
We wish Miracle a wonderful career as a pilot and you can follow her journey on her Instagram page here!