Trendsetters! Meet the women who broke the norm and became the first in their careers

Kenya is a beautiful country with beautiful women. Gone are the days where women were considered to only stay at home and do house work. It is now that we see women empowering their fellow women to move up the ladder and do what men are doing and actually do it better.

Below are some of the Kenyan women who became first in their career,

1. Elizabeth Marami

 She is Kenya’s first woman marine pilot after successfully completing five years of intensive training at the prestigious marine training college in Alexandria, Egypt.

2. Captain Koki Mutungi

 She was the first black female captain of Kenya Airways Dreamliner which took its maiden voyage between Nairobi and Paris.

3. Wanuri Kahiu

She was the first female director of the award winning film“Rafiki” (also known as “Friend”), which marked the very first Kenyan feature film to debut at the the Cannes Film Festival

4. Alice and Concilia

Kenya’s first female train drivers to debut on Standard Gauge Railway. The drivers beam in their navy blue suits, white shirts and red neck ties as they receive final instructions from their trainers.

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Women flying high: Check out some of East Africa’s top rated FEMALE pilots

African female pilots are flying high around the world.

And evens social media has taken note of their greatness. A picture of a South Sudanese pilot is trending and everyone is praising her.


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Here is a list of female of East Africa’s pilots who are breaking the glass ceiling:

1. Amel Ajongo

Just recently, Amel Ajongo became South Sudan’s second female pilot at 20-years-old.

Furthermore, she was the only woman in her class even after it had started with 8 women in a class of 11.

She has also encouraged other women not to limit themselves and to work hard to achieve their set goals.

Ajongo joins the ranks of the first female pilot of South Sudan, Captain Aluel Bol, who made history in 2011.

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2. Captain Aluel Bol

Aluel Bol Aluenge was celebrated as South Sudan’s first female pilot in 2011.

Even more, she has risen to position of Captain at major American airline company Delta Air Lines after previously working with Ethiopian Airlines and Fly Dubai.

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3. Irene Koki Mutungi

Irene Koki Mutungi, commonly known as Koki Mutungi,  was the first female on the African continent to become certified as a Captain of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

She flies for Kenya Airways.

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In 1995, she was hired by Kenya Airways, as their first female pilot. In  2004, she became the first African woman to qualify to captain a commercial aircraft, when she qualified to command the Boeing 737.

Likewise, she’s qualified to command the Boeing 767.

Kenya Airways then promoted her to Captain of the B787, making her the first African female Boeing 787 Captain in the world.

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4. Elizabeth Marami

Elizabeth Marami made history by becoming the Kenya’s first marine pilot after she completed an intensive training at the prestigious marine training college in Alexandria, Egypt.

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She is often the only female on board for sometimes 18 months at a time;

And mutual respect and being a team player keeps her and the team in good standing as in like in most professional settings.

She started an initiative for women in the maritime industry called ‘Against The Tide’.

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5. Esther Mbabazi

Esther Mbabazi is a professional commercial airline pilot in Rwanda.

She is the first female in Rwanda to become certified as a commercial airline pilot.

Also, she flies for RwandAir-Rwanda’s national airline.

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U.A.E’s first female pilot

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