With sadness in our hearts, we mourn the passing of our colleague – Bella Joseph Bassey, who until her demise, was the Laboratory advisor – Akwa Ibom Region for the Challenge TB, WASP and LON2 projects. The impact of your technical expertise and dedication, coupled with your warm and cheerful persona endeared you to colleagues and friends alike, within and outside KNCV Nigeria. You demonstrated an admirable work-life balance being quite resolute and target driven at work while socializing and networking seamlessly. You cherished meet-ups with colleagues out-of-office and literally lit up the room when you came in. You were a role model to many, kind-hearted and had a positive attitude that overcame challenges. Your great sense of humor which nicely complemented your strong-willed nature was a delight, it was almost rare to see you sad.
The TB program in Nigeria has indeed lost one of its finest in diagnostic experts. Your beautiful life gave us memories no one can steal, and although you are no longer with us, the melody and fun memories of your cheerful presence remain in our hearts always.
Adieu our cheerful friend…