In 2007, Patricia Mawuli Nyekodzi went to look for a vocation at the Kpong Airfield in Eastern Region of Ghana and much to her dismay that she will be the nation’s first female non military personnel pilot in 2009 and West Africa’s first lady ensured to manufacture and keep up Rotax flying machine motors.
The 31-year-old flying machine repairman and just female flight teacher in West Africa has broken sex hindrances by ascending from clearing tree trunks for nothing to turning into the chief of a foundation called AV-Tech that gave youthful Ghanaian young ladies the aptitudes, preparing and motivation to wind up pilots.
Patricia Mawuli-Porter accomplished this accomplishment through steadiness and assurance when she thumped on the entryways of the specialized chief of the Kpong Airfield, Jonathan Porter – who later turned into her significant other – who instructed her everything that she thinks about avionics.
“I said: ‘I will do whatever it takes, I’ll work hard, you don’t have to pay me.’ They told me: ‘Don’t worry. You are so different. You’ve got energy, you have potential. We will do whatever it takes.’ This is when my whole flying career just started to boom,” Mawuli told CNN in an interview.
She taught girls and young people in Ghana and in the United States how to build aircrafts. She was invited to the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin twice and on one occasion, she helped the young team of young Americans with no prior aircraft building experience to assemble a Zenith CH750 aircraft in a record one week.
“There are a lot of young people (who), when they see me, (are given) hope. It motivates them to learn harder because they believe women actually have something ahead of them,” she said.
Mawuli-Porter is the co-founder of now-defunct Medicine On The Move, (MoM), a local NGO that worked together with the Aviation Academy to transport doctors, deliver medical supplies and services, as well as health education to rural communities across the length and breadth of Ghana.
Patricia Mawuli-Porter is still running the AV-Tech aviation academy and the NGO Medicine On The Move (MoM). Their operation shut down three years ago due to lack of support. She is currently working in Europe.