Nkopuyo Abraham
Marine Pilot
On the day she was rostered to sail MV Thorco Rio from Port Harcourt to Bonny anchorage, Nkopuyo Emmanuel Abraham, one of  Nigeria’s first Female Marine Pilots wrote: ‘ I was amazed and excited for the first time since I started working as a Pilot that three women (herself, the 2nd Engineer and the Able Seaman, all Filipinos) were on board the ship. It then means women are breaking loose, set free, no more in handcuffs; women are no more scared; women are taking bold steps; women are closing the gaps; women are on the front row; women are making waves”
Sure, Nkopuyo has broken barriers and is sitting on the front row of the main deck of ships, sailing and making real waves.
Nkopuyo, 38, together with another female,  Marine Pilot Abiodun, became the first female Marine Pilots in Nigeria.
Nkopuyo obtained her License( Grade IV) in 2012 after facing a Pilotage Board and passing the requisite examination.
Another Pilotage Board awarded Nkopuyo the Grade 111 License two years later.
The Oruk  Anam born alumnus of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, Oron, where she was a Deck Cadet, started work at the Nigerian Ports Authority in 2005, a year after graduation.
She  underwent  further trainings at the South Africa Maritime Training Academy and the School of Maritime Operations, Fleetwood Nautical Campus, Blackpool,in the United Kingdom, in ship handling, maritime radio operations and marine pilotage.
She worked at  Apapa Port from 2005 till  2007 when she was transferred to Port Harcourt Port where she is currently serving..
She is a recipient of several awards including the NPA Award in Recognition of Expertise, Gallantry and Dedication; the Women in Logistics and Transport( WILAT) Award for being an Outstanding Role Model in the industry and the MAN Alumni Amazon Award.

13 Comments

  • Edet Asuquo
    Posted September 17, 2020 11:31 am 0Likes

    A well deserved recognition

  • Essien, Nsikak
    Posted September 17, 2020 1:43 pm 0Likes

    Our able marine pilot you deserve to be celebrated because you took the path that many of your female folks and contemporary won’t dare to take. Congratulations our own! Nautical we were, nautical we are and, nautical we will always be!

    • Idara Umoh
      Posted September 17, 2020 7:37 pm 0Likes

      I celebrate you not just as an Akwa Ibomite but as a bold, strong, intelligent and courageous woman who has created memories in the sands of time.

  • Essien, Nsikak
    Posted September 17, 2020 1:47 pm 0Likes

    Our able and amiable marine pilot you deserve to be celebrated because you took the path that many of your female folks and contemporaries won’t dare to take. Congratulations our very own! Nautical we were, nautical we are and, nautical we will always be!

  • Ifiok Henry Ukpong
    Posted September 17, 2020 2:28 pm 0Likes

    This good news I join AKS to celebrate you, Ahoy!

  • Nseobong
    Posted September 17, 2020 2:37 pm 0Likes

    Congratulations dear Nkopuyo Abraham God bless you for breaking barriers and more grace sail on

  • Ekereobong Garretts
    Posted September 17, 2020 3:52 pm 0Likes

    Congratulations NKOPUYO!
    I get super excited whenever I see these female marine Pilots sailing in LNG ship on bonny waterways.
    It gives me a sense of self worth seated as a passenger in the ship, while they confidently sit in the front row deck doing what they know best to do. CONGRATULATIONS once again! You remain a pride to the girl- child.

  • Efen Udom
    Posted September 17, 2020 4:10 pm 0Likes

    Congratulations ma’ma!!
    I’m most elated for such record.

  • Aniefiokmkpong Ebong
    Posted September 17, 2020 5:03 pm 0Likes

    This is quite commendable. I celebrate you Mrs. Nkopuyo Abraham.

  • Prudence Inibehe
    Posted September 17, 2020 7:59 pm 0Likes

    I’m super excited as this is coming from O/A. Keep the flag flying ejeka .

  • Georgewill Silvere
    Posted September 17, 2020 8:54 pm 0Likes

    My own able marine pilot you deserve to be celebrated because you have made us proud and many of your female folks also.Congratulation my Pilot.

  • Itoro Ekpo
    Posted September 18, 2020 4:49 am 0Likes

    Bravo !!!!

  • Okechi
    Posted September 18, 2020 12:10 pm 0Likes

    Congratulations to you my beautiful Pilot ❤️

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