Meet Graham Shema the eight year-old Ugandan boy aspiring to become world’s youngest pilot

The Little Shema also confessed to having an obsession for South African-born billionaire Elon Musk.

The Little Graham Shema. PHOTO/ COURTESY.

Yes,he is eight years old and it’s true he’s a Ugandan boy. His name is Graham Shema, a student at Kampala International School Uganda (KISU).

The youngster has left many people in the country and Africa at large especially internet users wowed by his budding flying skills.
Graham’s insatiable love for aviation has acquired him the prestigious title of “Captain”.


In an interview with African, Shema said one day he was playing outside with his friends, when he witnessed a bizarre happening.

This was a Ugandan police helicopter, the boy who said was three years old then, saw flying really low.

In a blink of an eye, he told African Vibes the low flying plane blew off the roof of his grandmother’s rental house!

After that incident, it’s said Shema became inquisitive and started asking questions about flying planes. His mother, Shamim Mwanaisha, who is a travel agent, could not take it anymore. She decided to enroll him at a local aviation institute in 2019. After enrollment, he took lessons on aviation vocabulary and aircraft parts at home.

The Little Shema also confessed to having an obsession for South African-born billionaire Elon Musk.
Musk, who is – according to Forbes magazine – the worlds richest man, is an entrepreneur, investor, and business magnate, and he is also the founder, CEO, and chief engineer at SpaceX.
“Happy birthday big man himself Elon Musk who changed the game in space. I definitely can’t wait to get my mars citizenship. l love you Elon,” Shema last year posted on his Facebook page.

Other sources have suggested the little son of the Pearl of Africa has been in direct contact with Uganda’s transport minister as well as the German ambassador to Uganda.

“Captain” Graham Shema. PHOTO/COURTESY.

Little Shema who is a lover of mathematics and science, has flown as a trainee three times on a Cessna 172.

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft, made by the Cessna Aircraft Company.

If he successfully completes his training, Shema will become the world’s youngest ever professional pilot. He will however join several other young and ambitious pilots that the world has previously witnessed.

These include Matthew Lee Guthmiller from America who at 19 years old became the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe by air in 2014. This earned him a slot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The record was however four years later broken by fellow American Mason Andrews as he became the youngest ever to solo circumnavigate the globe at 18 years old.

Currently, the record holder is 18-year-old Travis Ludlow from the United Kingdom.

Although Graham Shema may have all what it takes to break the above records, his dream can only turn into a reality if he gets the necessary support from his country authorities.