At just 20, Ajongo went to aviation school in Nairobi, Kenya, where she spent two and a half years learning the ropes.

In an interview with Hot in Juba, Amel Ajongo said she ended up as the only woman in her class even though it had started out with eight women in a class of eleven. Although she successfully completed her courses, she is yet to start piloting as she is working on a different project that might take months.

The daughter of the country’s former defence minister, James Ajongo Mawut, has also encouraged other women not to limit themselves and continue to work harder to achieve their goals. Ajongo now joins the ranks of the first female pilot of South Sudan, Captain Aluel Bol, who made history in 2011. She had worked at Ethiopian Airlines and Fly Dubai before joining Delta Airline.

The soon-to-be 21-year-old, when asked what are some of the challenges she underwent during her training said that generally, female pilots face a lot of sex discrimination, but was glad that increasingly, women are taking on the career.

She advised fellow young women not to limit themselves, to dream of success and work for it, without forgetting that discipline is key.

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