The beautiful and delectable Tolulope Arotile, at 23, she has accomplished a lot to be proud of herself even in death. Like we all know, Tolulope holds the record as being the first ever Nigerian female combat helicopter pilot.
In this article, we share 23 memorable photos to honour our fallen soldier at 23.
Tragically, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday, 14th July, announced the passing of this brave and gallant fighter. In a statement released by NAF, Tolulope Arotile was involved in a road accident at NAF base Kaduna, and she subsequently died of the head injury sustained.
Encomiums, condolences, tributes are all pouring-in to honour this brave warrior. Flying Officer Arotile was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in September of 2017, as a member of the Defence Academy Regular Course 64.
According to NAF statement, late Tolulope had a great impact in the Service. The people of Iffe in Ijumu LGA of Kogi State, where she hailed from are proud of her for putting them on the record books in Nigeria’s history.
- Flying Officer Arotile in action
She was admitted in 2012.
- Late Tolu (left) and Kafayat
On October 15, 2019, late Tolulope Arotile and Kafayat Sanni made history and rewrote history respectively, during their induction ceremony in Abuja. While, Tolulope became the first Nigerian female combat helicopter pilot, Kafayat was in first female fighter pilot in 55 years.
- Both history makers with their boss
Air Vice Marshal, SB Abubakar was present at their induction to witness the history making moments under his watch and tutelage.
- Tolu with Minister of Women Affairs
The Nigeria Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen was also in attendance at Tolulope’s induction. You can see how proud she was at the feat achieved by a then 22-year-old girl.
- Proud moment with the President
Not everyone can boast of meeting the President, our very own met President Muhammadu Buhari in February 2020.
She showed him the three attack helicopter acquired by NAF at a ceremony held at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
Flying Officer Arotile has contributed immensely in Nigeria’s bid to rid the North Central States of armed hoodlums.
She has flew several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI, Niger State.
Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile is one Officer who is committed and proud of her job.
According to a few of her friends, she puts the nation first in her dealings.
Late Tolulope Arotile was trained in the United States and South Africa.
- With a fan and friend
The ever smiling gem was loved and adored by all because of her kind gestures.
Our Super Flying Officer all smiles as she celebrates her birthday in 2018.
Her death is so heartbreaking. We have indeed lost a treasure. Tolulope Sarah Aritole has set a standard. I hope others will follow her footstep.
May God give her family the strength to bear the loss. Rest In Peace Gallant Soldier.