Capt. Peter Kayode Bello
(4th July 1989 – 12th August 2015)
Peter Bello is one of the crew members who died in the fatal helicopter crash on August 12th 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. Peter transitioned to be with the Lord while living his passion and dream; he has inspired and challenged us to live out our dreams while leaving a mark on our generation.
Peter Kayode Bello Jr., born to Peter Snr. and Thelma Bello, and fondly referred to as “Junior” by his family was born on the 4th of July, 1989 in the city of Calabar, Cross River State, where he lived out his early years with his older siblings – Ajoke and Iserena.
Peter was a bright young boy and kick-started his education at Madonna Montessori Nursery School, Calabar. He progressed through to Hillcrest Junior and eventually obtained his West African Senior Secondary School Certificate from The Bells Comprehensive Secondary School, Otta, Ogun State. Peter showed great promise as he always made it to the top tier of his class. After a short spell at Access School, Calabar for his A-Levels, he gained admission into the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana where he graduated with honour’s degree in Chemical Engineering in the year 2010. Inspired by his NYSC at ExxonMobil Lagos and determined to expand his opportunities, Peter proceeded for a Master’s degree in Process Safety and Loss Prevention at the University of Sheffield, England in 2012. At Sheffield he left his mark as a member of the Sheffield paramilitary corps.
His ambition to become a pilot was occasioned by an experience he had when returning to secondary school through Lagos as an adolescent. The aircraft was full and no one was ready to drop off. The airplane Crew made an offer for any brave youth to fly with them in the cockpit and as usual Junior’s mum offered tiny junior who reluctantly accepted to jump in the cockpit with the pilot and Co Pilot. Junior was unhappy with mummy, but still obeyed as usual. This experience left a burning desire in Junior to chase the dream of soaring the skies.
After obtaining his M.Sc. in University of Sheffield he gained employment as a trainee pilot with Bristow Helicopters. He proceeded in 2013 to the Bristow Academy in Titusville, Florida, United States of America, where he excelled, as was his nature, and eventually gained his flying wings in 2014. In the words of his employers“ Peter was a keen Aviator with excellent handling skills and a valued member of Bristow’s team in Nigeria where he as first Officer with the…….” Testimonies like this abound from his work place and among his peers and colleagues. Our beloved Peter lived his dream.
Peter was a kind , humble , selfless, lovable, adorable and motivational person and a blessing to all he was affiliated with. Junior as his parents and siblings often call him, was more a man than he was a “Junior”- a rare gem. Often the peacemaker, he knew when to let go and always let go. He was a people’s person, interacted with the young and the old. A rare quality hence the tons of tributes numbering almost twelve thousand hits on the web site. He had a calming influence amongst other qualities. He was daring, ambitious and self motivated, never scared to take up a challenge or to break new grounds.
A man of many talents which included cooking, baking, modelling, photography, engineering, acting and bearing gifts of kindness and warmth. At 22 years Peter had attained a phenomenal modeling career as a supermodel in his category with appearances on bill boards at strategic locations in Ghana, and Nigeria, not to mention websites across the globe for grade one brands and agencies. He chose a path to the skies as a pilot serving humanity. An avid photographer and traveller, Peter was sought after to cover different events in Lagos endearing himself to the media industry. His best souvenirs from his many travels will remain with us particularly his iconic pictures of nature, great landmarks, other people and himself.