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Son of Nigerian Immigrant Anthony Oshinuga Fulfills his childhood Dream of Flying Aircraft

Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013 and he first entered national flying competitions in 2014

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Anthony Oshinuga living his dreams!
  • Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013
  • He runs a small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed
  • In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category

TEMECULA, CALIF, SEPT 06, 2016:  Son of a Nigerian immigrant fulfills his desires to fly. Anthony Oshinuga arrives early most of the days at a California airport to check his vintage Cessna aircraft, ready to shuttle passengers over Temecula Valley, the booming wine country north of San Diego. He has been fulfilling his childhood dreams! Later he would  fly loops and rolls in his Pitts Special, an aerobatic aircraft.

Oshinuga was born in 1981. His parents belonged to Lagos, Nigeria, and they later moved on to Austin, Texas in the previous year. His dreams for aviation began when he was 5 years old. “I was taken by what was going on,” he recalls. “I told my father, that’s exactly what I want to do.”

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He runs a small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed and polished so it looks brand new. He has partnership with two of the many wineries in this valley, the largest wine-producing region in southern California.

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Pilot Anthony Oshinuga

“We provide clients with 30-minute aerial scenic flights over Temecula, and then we land and they go down there and do wine tasting,” he explained.

Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013. He first entered national flying competitions in 2014.

“That’s when I went to the US National Aerobatic Championships (in Denison, Texas), and placed fourth out of 25 competitors,” he recalls. “Since then, things have been really blossoming in the arena of aerobatics and air shows and air racing.”

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In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category.

Oshinuga pursued Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. He says that Engineering pays his bills but Aviation is what is his heart calls for!

– prepared by Manthra Koliyer with inputs from VOA

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Goa CM: Nigerians Lead List of Foreigners Overstaying in Goa, Followed by Tanzanians, Russians

While 86 Nigerians had been arrested by the police across Goa from 2006-09, Tanzanians came in next at 17, while 13 Russians were also apprehended

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Pramod Sawant said that apart from Nigerians and Tanzanians, Russians represented the third highest contingent of over-stayers. Wikimedia Commons

Nigerians top the list of foreign nationals who have overstayed in Goa, followed by Tanzanians, over the last three years, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the state Assembly on Tuesday.

In a written reply tabled during the ongoing monsoon session of the Assembly, Sawant said that apart from Nigerians and Tanzanians, Russians represented the third highest contingent of over-stayers who had been booked by the police under the Passport Act and the Foreigners Act. While 86 Nigerians had been arrested by the police across Goa from 2006-09, Tanzanians came in next at 17, while 13 Russians were also apprehended.

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Among persons of other nationalities who were arrested for overstaying include those from Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Germany, and Sweden. Overstaying by foreigners in Goa has been a consistent red flag for the Home Ministry which earlier this year started a special detention centre which serves as a transit incarceration facility where overstaying foreign nationals are lodged before they are deported. (IANS)