Amazing Young Africans: Kimberly Anyadike

Amazing Young Africans: Kimberly Anyadike

Kimberly Anyadike is the inspirational teen you’ve probably seen flying around your Facebook newsfeed over the past few years. was so inspired by this young lady’s story. Why? because Kimberley is the first black female to fly a plane… at the age of 15.

Kimberley is nineteen now but at the tender age of 12, she fell in love with flying and went on to become a record-breaker. These days she is an honour student, a classical violinist, dancer, former junior lifeguard, Sophomore at UCLA.  At 15, she entered the Guinness Book of World Records, for being the youngest African American female in history to fly solo across the country.

In 2009, accompanied by a Tuskegee Airman, she flew a Cessna C1-172 from Compton, California to Newport News, Virginia. The flight took 13 days from beginning to end over 2,342miles.

Kimberley’s surname is ‘Anyadike’ which in Nigerian means, ‘eye of a Warrior. This young warrior was accompanied by safety pilot Ronnell Norman, a certified commercial pilot and Major Levi H. Thornhill, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot who at age 87, is a member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen who served during World War II.

Check out this lovely interview with the young lady. She describes how she became involved in such a hobby and  what her inspirations are. She truly is an inspirational female and African.

photo credit: Konnect Africa

Share This

About the author