Tolulope Arotile who died few days ago at the young age of 24 has her name in the history book of Nigeria as the first female helicopter combat pilot in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Tolulope is a native of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State but was born in kaduna, Nigeria.
She has been around the Nigerian air force from an early stage, she attended Air force primary and secondary school then she later gained admission into the Nigerian Defense Academy in Kaduna as a member of 64 Regular Course, that was where she got her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
This pathfinder was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in September 2017 as a member of the Nigerian Defense Academy Regular Course 64. The zeal to be a notable member of the Nigerian Air Force led her into taking up a flying training at the Starlite Academy in South Africa.
Arotile also got her commercial pilot license and went through a tactical flying training on the Agusta 109 Power Attack Helicopter in Italy which certified her as a combat pilot.
The Nigerian Air Force appointed her as a combat helicopter pilot on 15 October 2019, making her the first female helicopter combat pilot in the force. Tolulope Arotile made significant contributions in the combat of insurgencies in North Central States and getting rid of the armed bandits (boko haram) and other criminals inherent in those areas by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.
Tolulope Arotile died July 14, 2020, from head injuries sustained in a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.
Prolific member of the Nigerian Air force like the Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari and others as well as citizens of Nigeria gives appraisal for her accomplishment in the nation and mourns her demise.