DREAMS ARE VALID
South African Amanda Kandawire from Soweto narrates her story on how she became a pilot. The 28-year-old airline pilot, entrepreneur and the founder of Fly Like A Girl (FLAG) took to her Facebook page to explain her story some few days ago.
On the 21st March 2019, I hopped on a plane and relocated to the UAE to start a new chapter of my life. Little did I know that I would become the First Black South African Female to fly the A380!
Fast forward to today and I am sadly saying farewell to the most incredible chapter of my life! Covid has ended this journey prematurely for me, and my emotions have been through the most from the news that I have been made redundant. But even though I’ve lost my job, the one feeling that trumps them all is gratitude! I am incredibly blessed! My whole life I’ve throw caution to the wind regarding the journey that God has entrusted to me.
Joining Emirates was an incredible win for me, and getting to fly the A380 was the sweetest cherry of them all. Due to the heart ships that black people continually endure, being here felt like it was bigger than me, it felt like it was a victory for more than just myself and I hope my having been here, having proven that nothing is impossible and that nobody can hold you back regardless of your background, circumstances, gender or race, has inspired you to go after all of your hearts desires.
I’m sad I didn’t get to share this platform with more girls that look like me, but Covid can never take away the fact that one of us did it! A brown skin girl, got to fly the worlds biggest passenger plane and I couldn’t be more proud! God opened that door for me and even though I don’t know what the future holds, I know that same God will continue working overtime for me.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11