– A Nigerian man, Babawande Afolabi, made news again after his company, Green Africa Airways, took delivery of their second new aircraft
– According to the company’s Facebook page, they plan to start airlifting people in places like Ilorin, Akure, Enugu among other places.
– Afolabi who had his university education in the US has been praised for investing in the country at a time many have already lost hope
A Nigerian American returnee, Babawande Afolabi, has been praised online for his amazing initiative of launching an airline called Green Africa Airways.
Though a Twitter handle @OvieAli claimed it is a new airline company, news about the outfit has been in the media as far back as 2018 as seen in Bloomberg and Black Enterprise.
@OvieAli who shared new photos of the man and his team also said that Afolabi hopes to “begin affordable air transportation…”
A check on Bloomberg shows that the company which is under the sub-industry category of transportation and logistics was founded in 2015.
In 2018, Black Enterprise gathered that an order was placed for some airbuses after “the company reached an agreement with Boeing for some 737 MAX 8 aircraft”.
A further check on Facebook shows that the company announced that they indeed took delivery of a new aircraft with registration number ZS-ESS/5N-GAA on Friday, May 14, and are beginning commercial operations to Enugu, Abuja, Ilorin, Owerri, Port Harcourt, among others.
See the Facebook post below:
It was also reported that the young man who is from Ile-Ife had a degree in political science and economics from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Before venturing into the airline industry, he was a venture investment expert in America with years of experience.
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Legit.ng compiled some of the Twitter and Facebook reactions that met his supposed purchase of new aircraft below:
“My only concern is Akure. Not sure the passenger traffic in Akure can support a regular flight. Apart from being too close to Lagos it’s predominately a civil service state. How many people can afford Air travel.”
Ag On So said:
“Great and kudos to you Mr Afolabi Babawande. Your shadows will never grow shorter.”
“I like the word affordable. What’s the name of the airline and any platform to connect the airline?”
“Congrats to the young man. I pray Nigerian policies be favorable to you that you’d also be able to make right decisions to grow the business. Congrats man.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian man with the Twitter handle @mr_geffi1 caused so much social media buzz after he posted an advert for an aeroplane.
Putting the price at $6 million (N2,286,000,000), the man said that the location of the aircraft is Abuja.
He attached three photos of the airbus so prospective buyers can see what they are paying for.