Dr Birabi
Dr Bridget Nwanne Morenike Birabi
  • 63 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 15, 1953
  • Date of passing: Apr 29, 2016
Let the memory of Bridget be with us forever

 

FUNERAL PROGRAM FOR DR BRIDGET NWANNE MORENIKE BIRABI

 

 
Service of Songs
Thursday  19th May, 2016             5:00pm

 

Christ Church
No 1 Forces Avenue

 Old GRA, Port-harcourt

 RIVERS STATE

 

 Commendation Service

 Friday 20th May, 2016                 9:00am

 Christ Church

 No 1 Forces Avenue

 Old GRA, Port-harcourt

 RIVERS STATE

 

 MOTORCADE PROCESSION TO THE VILLAGE

 Burial Service   1pm

Interment to follow immediately

 This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr Bridget Nwanne Morenike Birabi, 63 years old, born on January 15, 1953 and passed away on April 29, 2016. She was the first female president of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (2004-2008). We will remember her forever for the dynamic leadership and direction she provided for the profession of Physiotherapy in Nigeria and beyond. 

Dr Bridget Nwanne Morenike Birabi was born in Ile-ife, Osun State on January 15,1953 to the Okonkwo family of Asaba, Delta state and Ojutiku family of Ile-ife, Osun state. She began her educational journey at Convent School, Sapele and later attended Marymount Catholic College , Agbor, Delta State for her secondary education. She attended the Federal School of Science, Lagos for her A-levels soon after she was admitted into the Bsc Physiotherapy Program at the prestigious University of Ibadan where she graduated with Honours in 1977. 


She went further to bag a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology at the same University in 1987. Dr Birabi was very passionate about continuous self and professional development and has attended numerous courses and conferences regionally and internationally. She has a postgraduate certificate in Health Planning and Management at the University of Ilorin in 1991 and attained an additional Phd Degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Ibadan. She was a seasoned  professional and was HOD General Hospital, Portharcourt in 1983 and rose through the ranks at the University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital between 1983-1994.  She voluntarily retired from service in 1994 and has served as consultant/visiting lecturer to numerous physiotherapy facilities and training schools including University of Maiduguri and University of Nigeria. She set up her private practice EZELTHERAPY in Portharcourt to cater for the needs of the populace. She has always dedicated her life to service and served as board member of Rivers State Hospitals Management Board, Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board, World Confederation of Physical Therapy Pre and Post Congress, Review Committee, WCPT Awards Committee etc. She served as the first female President of the Nigeria Society from 2004-2008 and achieved landmark projects and visibility for the profession.

She was a member of an array of professional organizations including the Health and Care Professional Council in UK, Internationals Council for Health Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance, USA, World Confederation for Physical Therapy. She is an educator and researcher with numerous award winning publications in peer reviewed journals and papers presented at national and international conferences. She was a fellow of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy. She has also received numerous awards for meritorious service and excellence. She is multi-lingual and speaks Ibo, Yoruba and English very fluently. She is a devout Christian, a loving wife to her husband Senator Dr Bennett Birabi and a devoted mother to her three sons Naakuu, Dimieari and Meesuan.

 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Nimiworio Beredugo on 19th September 2016

"Aunty,Rest in peace,
Your friend followed your lead and passed on 3 weeks after you.
I know you are both laughing together  in his bosom and
mummy is in good company with you.
You are missed.
May God grant your loved ones the grace to bear your loss."

This tribute was added by Homa Weli Numbere on 25th May 2016

"Thank you for teaching us as children at Chapel of Ascension years ago.
God won't forget your labour of love. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Olubunmi Allen on 23rd May 2016

"Aunty Bridget, still can't believe you're gone. You and Uncle Ben are the only ones who call me 'Aunty Bunmi' from my childhood for reasons I don't know. You were an inspiration in every way. We know you have gone to a much better place and our joy is that we had the privilege of knowing you. I thank God for a life well lived and all the lives you touched. Your legacy lives on and you will be forever missed. Goodnight dear Aunty."

This tribute was added by jumoke olumewo on 21st May 2016

"The news of your passing on to glory came as a shock. But comforted with the fact that it is not how long but how well!. I met you through my sister and brother Nike & Femi Kehinde, my impression of that meeting was, what a pleasant and loving fellow! May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. May the Lord comfort the entire family. Good night.
Mrs Jumoke Olumewo"

This tribute was added by Nike kehinde on 20th May 2016

"Auntie as we fondly called her was a warm and accommodating personality. She welcomed Femi and I as her younger siblings with outstretched arms. Throughout our sojourn in PH and thereafter, we had a home at her place in GRA. Her depth of love and wisdom increased when she met the Lord. Auntie, it is shocking that you are gone so soon. But I realize that it is not how long but how well and God knows best. You have gone home to rest. You touched several lives and you loved God.
May God comfort comfort uncle B, Naaku, Dimeari, Meesuan and the rest of the family.
Adieu till we meet to part no more.
Femi & Nike Kehinde"

This tribute was added by B.M WIFA, OFR, SAN on 20th May 2016

"A Teacher of Teachers is gone. You left a legacy and footprints on the sands. Farewell the golden icon, a mother, a grandmother and a friend, may God comfort the families you have left behind. The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith and these and many more we have seen in you. We will forever miss you, may your gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty God. Amen."

This tribute was added by Ada Wikina on 20th May 2016

"Nwanne, as you start your final journey to Ogoni land today, I just weep. This was not the plan. As 'expatriate ' wives, we were supposed to hang in there for a very long time. But our God has other plans. I shall miss your wise words. You were indeed an icon and a very bright light in Bennet's life. Doraa woo. Je nke oma."

This tribute was added by Benedicta Njokanma on 20th May 2016

"The news of the death of Dr Bridget Birabi-past president of the Nigerian Society of Physiotherapy-which occurred on the 29th of April 2016 came as a rude shock to Physiotherapits at National Orthopaedic Hospital,Igbobi and to physiotherapists all over Nigeria.
It is uncontestable that her tenure as president of Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy midwife the renaissance of Physiotherapyp profession in Nigeria.Pre and post her stewardship,she was a mother figure,a mentor and a motivator.In the course of our engagement with her,all can testify to her forthrightedness,passion to take the younger ones under her wings and uncommon commitment to the course of our profession in Nigeria and beyond.
We deeply mourn a woman of many parts-a seasoned clinician,a distinguished professional,a great archived and  a mother figure.
Dr Birabi will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Adieu."

This tribute was added by christina Jimenez on 18th May 2016

"To everyone who she loves and cares about dont cry don't be sad for now where she is at she can finally open up her big beautiful wings..
Mrs. Bridget would not want even one to be sad for she always had a smile on her face.. I was able to meet her because of my son her grandson who she truly loved and he loves her.. She is not here in body but she is here in spirit looking down with her bright smile wishing everyone to stop crying on her behalf and start remember the best part of life with her and smile..... Look up to the star when your sad and the first bright star you see is her looking down and when your walking or running anything and if as if the wind is holding you that is her with her wings... Mrs.Bridget was and will always be a great person and I will make sure my son never forgets her and that her memory and love will live on in him... Have fun up there .... Say hi to everyone on all our parts down here..... Smile..... Santino (Tambari) Mom"

This tribute was added by christina Jimenez on 18th May 2016

"Hi Grandmother how are you I know you are not with us anymore but I wanted to say that I love and miss you... Even tho we did not get to spend enough time with each other I will for ever hold you deeply with in my heart... Love your grandson Santino (Tambari)"

This tribute was added by Obioma Liyel-Imoke on 18th May 2016

"To Ben,  Naakuu, Dimieari and Meesua,
Words cannot describe the sorrow in our hearts when we heart of Dr. B's passing. Such an accomplished lady! Always so pleasant each time we met. I know that she rests in the bossom of the good Lord whom she served with all dedication.
Accept our sincere condolences and we pray rhe Lord grants her soul eternal rest.
Liyel & Obioma Imoke"

This tribute was added by Albert Ikhalo on 17th May 2016

"Dear Ma, the news of your demise was a rude shock to me which I'm yet to fully recover from. I will forever miss your cheerful smile. May your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord."

This tribute was added by Birabi victoria on 15th May 2016

"We had a wonderful mother,one who never really grew old, mummy's heart was made of solid gold. Up till now  I still find it difficult to believe you are gone. I miss your advice, I miss your much concern towards me. You always called to no how I was doing. I can't help it but to cry each time I think of you. You were a teacher to many but a mother to all,... keep resting with our creator, you will forever be remembered in our hearts ...mummy I miss you but still can't question God..."

This tribute was added by ann dunkley on 13th May 2016

"dr bridget morenike leaves a beautiful legacy of love, warmth, honesty and a belief in god. she is alive in a different way -in spirit- where we will all eventually meet up as older much wiser friends and family. aunt morenike is a rare gift that i wish i had the opportunity to know more in the physical realm. i am quite sure though that she is with us nonetheless and this i find encouraging -we will be together as happy angels when we are called. i pray that god will give strength, support, hope to her immediate family sons and husband and all those that knew her"

This tribute was added by Moni Gasper on 10th May 2016

"Dear Dr Birabi, You were most instrumental in getting our father back on his feet last year. We never got the chance to say thank you in person , and now this !!!
Rest in peace and may the Lord give your family the strength to carry on .
On behalf of the family of Alabo (Dr) Charles I.T. Wokoma"

This tribute was added by Christiana Ngbogbara on 8th May 2016

"Nwanne Birabi you were a friend, a sister, a mother, a mentor. You loved, embraced, showed love, and were a reconciliator to all. Most of all you were a daughter of a King. Nwanne you were a prayer warrior who loved God so much. You prayed always and at all time. You were an intercessor for all. Nwanne you carried the cross of Jesus all the days of your life. Jesus was your constant companion. His name never departed from your lips, you were a true disciple of Jesus. Nwanne you're a gem that God blessed the Birabi family and Yeghe people with. Nwanne your presence was felt all over my village, my community, my state, my country, and all over the world. In my entire life I have not seen or heard anyone speak evil or bad about you, that's how loveable you were. Nwanne, your great attributes and love for others will always remain in our hearts until we see you again at the throne of grace. One more request Nwanne, as you be with the Lord, remember not to stop praying for your people, your loved ones, your community. That's what you always did. On April 29, 2016 a precious gem, the daughter of a King, went home to be with the Lord. Nwanne, we love you, the Ngbogbara family loves you, Bua Yeghe people love you, the Ogoni people love you, Rivers State people love you, Nigerian people love you, and the world in its entirety loves you. Nwanne, dear Nwanne, we will miss you. May your soul rest in perfect peace.
-The Ngbogbara Family"

This tribute was added by Udoka Okafor on 7th May 2016

"My dear madam, mentor, colleague, motivator, confidant, co-author and role model, mine may not be one of the early tributes on your passing away because each time I sat to do this, I am pulled away by grief and a 'somewhat thought' that one day's delay may just change this sad reality. Madam, you were such a great woman, bold, straight, confident, honest and daring, a great achiever who stood for the truth in all her dealings with God and fellow humans. You discovered me, encouraged, nurtured and brought out the best in me as a young  physiotherapist, when I first came into the service of the NSP as Assist. Gen. Sec. with you as president. You recognized potentials and rewarded every achievement. You raised the profile of the physiotherapy profession in Nigeria and beyond and inspired many potential leaders in our profession. You inspired my interest in attending International professional conferences and also nominated me to represent NSP at international WCPT events and at other inter-professional groups within Nigeria. You inspired my early interest in research and I am honoured to have jointly presented papers with you at International conferences and also co-authored four publications.
Beyond an unequaled professional mentorship, when I got married, you literally adopted my family by mentoring my wife as you visited us many times while you were in Lagos and thus brought us so close to your family that late grandma (your mum) would always invite my family to her birthdays in Festac town. Each time I was in Port harcourt, you sent your driver to fetch me from my event as you insisted I must come and have delicious home meals.
Madam, words cannot express how knowing you has affected my life and career. Thank you for teaching and guiding me. Thank you for having such trust and confidence in me, in life. Until that day when you looked at me, acknowledged with a smile but could no longer call my name, and I walked away devastated. May our God, whom you served with great dedication, grant you a bosom place of eternal rest, Amen.
Heartfelt condolences to my chairman, Dr Ben Birabi and the sons, Naakuu, Dimieari and Meesuan, to the brothers Ferdinand and Nkay, to Aunty Edith and Kulthoum, friend Mrs Okunuga and the enture physiotherapy world.  -Dr UAC Okafor"

This tribute was added by Francis Ebaretonbofa on 6th May 2016

"Was a rude shock, when I heard the news of your passing. Why??? How???.. I never expected this. I will really miss your chats and quality advise/discussion, especially as regards the right values in life. Through you I met and became friends with Daddy. I pray that the almighty God will give him and the children the fortitude to bear your absence. Rest in peace Dr. Birabi."

This tribute was added by Bimpe Oyeluyi on 6th May 2016

"You were passionate in loving people, passionate with your profession, passionate in passing out messages, passionate at home, passionate with the things of God, passionate at work, passionate dealing with ME! I love your passion and you will ever be remembered for PASSION. Sleep on till we meet to part no more. Bimpe & Pastor"

This tribute was added by Ib Kakulu on 6th May 2016

"A lovely lady with a beautiful smile and humble personality. Shocking but true that you have been called to glory and gone from this sinful world taking along with you your golden hair. Rest in peace  and enjoy your well deserved mansions in heaven."

This tribute was added by Suleiman Bello on 6th May 2016

"Even though I was never privileged to have met Dr. Birami, there is no  doubt that she contributed immensely to Physiotherapy especially in Nigeria; and the testimonials of those who met her say a lot about her and her accomplishments.
I join my fellow physiotherapists in mourning your passage, and pray that your soul will rest in peace, amin.
May God almighty console your family.
Sleep well, dear Dr. Birami."

This tribute was added by Olajide Olawale on 5th May 2016

"My heartfelt condolence to the Birabi Family on the painful loss of a sister and senior colleague - a dogged fighter, great leader and woman of substance. Dr Bridget Nwanne Birabi, you have carried the torch of physiotherapy so high both in Nigeria and abroad; and we will miss you a lot. May God comfort your family and give them the fortitude to bear this loss. Rest in peace; the lady with the golden hair."

This tribute was added by Godwin Eni on 5th May 2016

"My heartfelt condolence to Dr. Birabi's family who I met when I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Nigeria in 2008. She impressed me as a very dedicated and knowledgeable professional. Our brief encounter left an indelible impression on me. She will be sorely missed by the profession for which she worked very hard to strengthen."

This tribute was added by Michael Adande on 5th May 2016

"Sis, Oyinkro Olobio enabled our meeting/friendship and since then you have been a dear big sis. I saw you taking your customary walk from the gate to the Hospital not long ago. I didn't know that that was it. Kind, soft spoken, multi-lingual, ready with a smile, you have a lot of testimonies to exchange for your crown of Glory from the Lord God Almighty. Rest in the bossom of your Lord Jesus Christ. Esun re o"

This tribute was added by GLORIA BEN-ADIM on 5th May 2016

"To a great woman of God, we bid you Farwell.  You were indeed a woman of honor.  No wonder you were called back home so soon.  Our consolation is that you lived a life worthy of emulation, God fearing, prayerful and loved the things of the Lord with passion.  Rest in peace our beloved Aunty, friend and confidant.  We love you and will forever have sweet memories of you.  Adieu, woman of God.  Adieu Aunty Bridget, Good night  -  Gloria and Bennett Adim."

This tribute was added by Rosebell Anyanwu on 5th May 2016

"Aunty B,  I was humbled and shocked over your demise.  Words cannot express the pains in my heart.  Aunty, you were remarkable in so many ways.  You were like a mother to me.  It hurts badly that I will not see you again.  I took solace that you are smiling and resting in the bosom of your creator. I will forever treasure your gifts and words of encouragement.  Above all, your monthly inspirational text messages. I pray that God will give your lovely Husband and children the fortitude to bear this great loss.  Adieu my mentor and woman of substance."

This tribute was added by Priscillia Nosiri on 4th May 2016

"Confused as I am. I  never knew or heard that you were sick. I saw you last  during our 2014 Diocesan women conferce, you were our guest speaker at St Mark's Ang  church Elelenwa. We bade ourselves farewell until on the 2nd of May when a friend called to announce to me that my ' twin ' has died because they believe that we look alike. But since I knew you from our days in General Hospital until we transferred our services to UPTH , you have always been an honest, straight forward , humble person.. You spoke the truth always no matter the situation. You crowned it with your commitment to  the things of God. God raised you above your peers early in life but you remained humble. Rest in the bosom of the Lord who you seved"

This tribute was added by Sam Nneji on 4th May 2016

"Dr Birabi,
You have played your part in the theatre of life and left with very indelible marks in our lives. You were a fighter and courageous senior colleague. You will forever be missed by the PT family @ home and abroad. Adieu Ma! until we meet to part no more. Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by MOROMOKE OLASEHINDE on 4th May 2016

"The news of the demise of Dr. Birabi was unbelievable. I was shocked when i read the sms from a colleague in my department, i quickly made a call to another colleague in Port Harcourt who confirmed the news. The members of my family also received the news with great shock, they knew her when she came to Kano during her tenure as the NSP President. I was actually looking forward to the contributions she would make during the Kaduna conference as a private physiotherapy practitioner.  You left when NSP needed you most. The legacy you left behind lives on. May God grant the family, friends & the physiotherapy family the fortitude to bear the great loss.
ADIEU DR. BRIDGET BIRABI."

This tribute was added by Chinyere Weli on 4th May 2016

"Sister Birabi. I just can't believe it! I will really miss you. May your good soul rest in the bosom of the Lord"

This tribute was added by Nwakuso Aruotu on 4th May 2016

"Dr Mrs Bridget Birabi was a humble  beautiful soul. Her sisterly,  wifely and motherly show of love & care for all she came in contact with was a true reflection of her belief in Christ  Jesus, whom she loved so much.
She held with dignity her commitment to her profession encouraging many others to stand out. I grew to love her before I met her because I had heard how caring she was to her "youth corper" while I was also serving in UPTH 1986.
On gaining appointment in UPTH, she became more than a big sister to me , introducing me to her wonderful family.
It is a privilege to have been on the same ABV flight with you, as that was my goodbye till the resurrection morning.
May God comfort all.

Dr Nwakuso Aruotu
Optometry Unit.
UPTH."

This tribute was added by Omololu Areoye on 4th May 2016

"There are some that touch our lives without even knowing. You are one of those people. May your soul rest in peace. You have left a great legacy. You will be missed and never forgotten x"

This tribute was added by Emma Stokes on 4th May 2016

"The Board and Secretariat of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy wish to send our sincerest sympathies to Bridget's family, friends and colleagues in Nigeria.

Bridget was a great leader in Physiotherapy both in Nigeria and in the WCPT Africa Region. Only last year, we had the pleasure of her insights, advice and company on the WCPT Awards Committee.

Bridget is truly gone too soon. May she rest in peace.

Emma K. Stokes, President, WCPT"

This tribute was added by Michael Kalu on 4th May 2016

"It was indeed a shocking news that you are gone. Although we are not close but you  my mentor from afar. Your speech, your actions, your advice, your approach to situations are so educating. In fact, most things I see you do is educative. I will not forget the last time I met you in our colleague's wedding in Portharcourt. You answered my greetings and asked me how I am doing both in life and in physiotherapy practice, as if we have known for a long time. That was so encouraging. I can continue writing and writing because lists of words for your are inexhaustive.  You are such an epitome of encouragement to the younger generation. Ma, we (NSP) shall surely miss you, may be.... sorry to say, more than your immediate family.
Good bye.

Michael Kalu"

This tribute was added by betty ossai on 4th May 2016

"Chei,lady B.
I just can't believe that its true. I don't have any words to express the shock of your demise. Farewell great lady, you will surely be missed by all those you have come in contact with and had shared your love and smile with
."

This tribute was added by Dr. Muoyo Okome on 4th May 2016

"Dear Bridget, you fought the good fight of life, you ran and completed your earthly race. You are no longer with us but you are remembered fondly. You are missed but we take comfort in the assurance that in Christ there is resurrection and you are now resting in the bosom of Christ where there is no more toiling and no more pain.
God in his infinite mercy is comforting and consoling Bennet, your children, family and friends.
Bridget, Rest in Peace. Muoyo."

This tribute was added by Chika Amadi on 4th May 2016

"This is a big shock to me, came to know an inspiring Mum in 1999. your kind words and guide will be always in my heart, a loving and caring mother you are, a teacher of the word of God.
May God grant you eternal rest.
Gracias Mum."

This tribute was added by Ataisi Frank on 4th May 2016

"Seeing this online just got a better part of me in tears but not in sorrow because Mummy's life is one well lived to the fullest in fulfillment to the service of God and humanity. I didn't get to meet you on close range, I have been in meetings and gatherings where you either talked, taught, prayed or contributed, I was inspired, that's how I see and sense greatness. You will be so missed. Sleep on."

This tribute was added by Benson John on 4th May 2016

"Time may pass and fade away,
But memories of you will always stay.

In God’s care you rest above,
In our hearts you rest with love.

Words are few, thoughts are deep,
Memories of you we will always keep. Keep resting ma."

This tribute was added by Ngozi Monye on 4th May 2016

"To many you were a great leader and Mentor but to me you were more than a boss.

Aunty Bridget meeting you in 2009 was a turning point for me in my career life and personal life, working with you, you fast became more than a boss to me, you took me in as a daughter, always encouraging me and cheering me on. You instilled in me values I would forever cherish. In spite of your ill health you took time to read through all my essays and my dissertation encouraging me when I felt the pressure was so much and reminding me the end was near and how u wanted me to finish strong. You were strong even to the end, I always remember u telling me not to worry how u were going to beat this and how we definitely will have a Thanksgiving ceremony...... I am still in so much shock that you have left us Aunty B, but my consolation is that you are in a better place with the Lord..... you left an indelible mark in my mind and your memories will forever live in my heart...."

This tribute was added by Phillip Eto on 3rd May 2016

"So sad to learn of the passing to glory of this saint. Dr Birabi was so amiable and gentle. My interaction with her was brief but memorable. She will be surely missed."

This tribute was added by Dr. Bernard Ubom on 3rd May 2016

"Mummy Birabi as we fondly called you back at Chapel of Ascension where you were widely known as a strict disciplinarian and avid teacher of the Word, I received with rude shock tonight, the news of your passing away. Though I last saw you well over a decade ago, memories of you remain evergreen and will always remain so. Words fail me. RIP and may God give us the enablement to bear this irreparable loss!"

This tribute was added by Umo udom on 3rd May 2016

"" My classmate and my friend 'Omo' as we called ourselves, it is shocking that you have gone so soon. Your vision encouraged us,and helped to strengthen the physiotherapy profession both in Rivers State and nationally. We the remnants of 'Ibadan Class of 1977' will ever miss you.""

This tribute was added by Ufuoma Ovwigho on 3rd May 2016

"We of the Shell Health family learnt this morning of the passing of Dr. Bridget Morenike Birabi offered physiotherapy services to our client for many years. Your life was a testimony and source of inspiration to the many that came across you. You will indeed be forever missed"

This tribute was added by Barilee Apenu on 3rd May 2016

"I still don't know how to take what has happened.
I will always celebrate you.
I love and miss you, Auntie."

This tribute was added by Christopher Obiagbaosogu on 3rd May 2016

"The news about your death shocked me Mummy.
I meet you for the first time in Asaba during the 2014 NSP conference and have kept in touch with you since then. Just last month, I sent you happy mothers Sunday wish (which later was not delivered by network) and never know that it will be the last message I will ever send you.

You are one of those persons who inspires me about our profession...
Tears roll my eyes as I write this tribute because you are an Icon that I will forever miss.

RIP is hard to say at a moment like this, but God who called you knows the best.
Rest in the Lord till we meet to part no more Mummy.
Adeu!"

This tribute was added by Olubunmi Gbosi on 3rd May 2016

"I received the news of your demise with disbelief. You had been on my mind for a while but when I called your line, I was told you travelled! Is this the journey of no return you went on? You were such a caring soul. You loved and served God with every fiber of your being. Rest on in the Lord."

This tribute was added by Kunle Aribisala on 3rd May 2016

"...peace to the  beautiful and precious soul of Mummy Birabi that has left this physical realm of pain and strive for the higher realm where there is joy everlasting...May God grant her family the fortitude to bare the loss...God bless"

This tribute was added by Abraham Olokor on 3rd May 2016

"Though you are no more with us, but your legacies will forever remain, especially with your teaming patients who will always give feedback to us "...that woman is too much...." The physiotherapy unit came alive via your expert hands. May your gentle soul rest in Peace, Adieu Dr. B."

This tribute was added by victoria ukorha on 3rd May 2016

"beautiful gray haired smart lady. how come? I touched that hair looking forward to when mine will look like yours.... This news was shocking. God knows it all. shine on, shine on till we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by jumoke smith on 3rd May 2016

"mama,you mean so much to me as a mentor and a mother with a large heart.You laid the foundation for the transformation we are experiencing now in NSP, we promise to continue from where you stopped .You have fought a good fight the soldier of the Lord.SLEEP ON BELOVED in the bossom of your Father"

This tribute was added by MRTB Nigeria on 3rd May 2016

"This remain a rude shock to us, The nation and our profession has lost a rare gem in your death. As you rest in the Lord, we promise to carry on your good deeds and monumental achievements in the field of Physiotherapy. Dr. Bridget Nwanne Birabi, your loss is irreplaceable. we will miss you, MRTB will miss you. RIP."

This tribute was added by Oladapo Olagbegi on 3rd May 2016

"With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God as it is popularly said when a dear friend/relative passes on, the reality before us all is that the Physiotherapy Profession in Nigeria has just lost a visionary, passionate, selfless, erudite and an iconic and elegant leader. Dr. Birabi left and indelible mark on the sand of time, she contributed her own quota to the development of her profession and that nobody can dispute. I personally will never forget how she and her team then laboured so hard to move the Physiotherapists' entry point from GL 09 to 10 in Nigeria. Some of our colleagues who were probably undergraduates or secondary school pupils then are enjoying it today! We will greatly miss your immense and frank contributions during our subsequent conferences. Adieu Dr. Bridget Nwanne Birabi; May the Almighty God grant your biological and professional families the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss."

This tribute was added by chinasa mba on 3rd May 2016

"sweet aunty B,
I was really shocked at the news last night. I was planning to come to the house this week to share all my good news with you.you were a mother, an encourager, an adviser and a friend to me. you taught me to stand tall in bad times, when I feel the world is about to swallow me, you taught me to say it is well and put up a smile. you were a unique woman, my pains became yours,  that you had to personally arranged special consultations for me from Abuja at your facility. you showed me unconditional love.
sweetie, what else can I say?, I love you but God loves you more. Am not asking you to rest in peace because I know you are already resting in His bosom. your Girlie will miss you.
I will always celebrate you, you are one in a million with beautiful hair and a wonderful smiling face."

This tribute was added by Titilola Ishioye Ojutiku on 3rd May 2016

"Rest in the blossom of the almighty Aunty Bridget.  Your life was surely  worthy of emulation.
Will miss your practical and forthright approach to issues,  and your unwavering dedication to your profession. Thanks to your prompt actions, my mum recovered fully from her stroke with minimal tell tail signs.  And when I broke my ankle, you were there for me. How was I to know our conversation while you were in the hospital in the UK and I was in the US will be our last?   I love you Aunty Bridget.  Rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by GLADYS OBUOFORIBO on 3rd May 2016

"You were a mother in deed to everyone who came across you,you were my first choir mistress. I can still remember the songs( especially the song: "A&M 375(TUNE:Luckington) - Let all the world in every corner sing") you taught me as a teen in the Chapel Of Ascension (St John's (COE Campus) PH. You were also a reverred and close family friend to my family...memories of you and your contagious smile are forever green in my heart...I am still in shock that you left so soon but God knows best. Rest in Peace Ma."

This tribute was added by Victor Dania on 3rd May 2016

"Very shocking news, especially as both she and Ben came to mind few days ago. Lady Bridget will be remembered as a very warm, devout Christian soul. Always cheerful. May her soul rest in peace in the Lord, and may He grant Sir Ben and the boys the fortitude to bear the loss."

This tribute was added by Sola Taiwo on 3rd May 2016

"What a wonderful story of LIFE...a great and faithful Christian life. Your simplicity, wisdom, accommodation..always ready to listen more than you speak. I am glad I got to know you Dr Birabi. Thank you for the positive impact you will always leave in me and my wife's heart. I am fully persuaded that you are with the Lord your God. Continue to rest in peace. Adieu ...........till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Ibifiri Kamson on 2nd May 2016

"I really don't know what to say. I still can't believe you are gone. All my life you've been a part of it positively. I would miss you always. May your soul rest in the perfect peace of the Lord"

This tribute was added by IBIFUBARA IYALLA on 2nd May 2016

"You were a mother to us, you taught us several songs as teens. You showed personal interest in the lives of so many then in Chapel of the  Acension. You lived a life that showed what true Christianity was about. Rest well."

This tribute was added by Uche Prosper Okonkwo on 2nd May 2016

"A nice lady, a consummate physiotherapist, a good manager of human and resources. She was a workaholic and a role model. Physiotherapy world has really lost a GEM. May her gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord, Good Nite!"

This tribute was added by Oladire Olaniyi(PT) on 2nd May 2016

"I am still in a fix as to Dr Bridget Birabi's demise. My consolation is that she lived a very fulfilled life. She was loved by all and sundry. I can still see video imagery of my encounters with her while alive. I spoke with her on phone just about last week of March, 2016 and I never perceived anything unusual as she never sounded as if something was wrong. She was brave even at death. May God Almighty give the NSP family home and abroad the fortitude to bear the loss. Adieu Dr. Bridget Birabi."

This tribute was added by Abanum Nneamaka P on 2nd May 2016

"With a very heavy heart but with total submission to the utmost will of God, I write this tribute to Dr. Birabi, my Sister, my Mentor and our Mummy, as she was fondly called by some of us. She was one in a million, a passionate lover of Physiotherapy and humanity. She was one woman who lived her life for others, sacrificing for the comfort of everyone who came in contact with her. In fact, I would have written a book on her, not just a tribute to the woman called Dr. Nwanne Bridget Morenike Birabi.
She was not one to deter at the face of challenges, when her mind was set on a goal, and this, of course, was the driving force for all her academic achievements. I remembered when she needed to stay awake all night working on issues concerning NSP., during our conferences and meetings, just to make sure everything turned out well. Yes, she was a stickler for thorough jobs with a strong analytical mind. Don't blame her, she was a thorough bred.- all things must be done decently and in order.
She lived out her Christian faith that same way, standing on the truth of the Word of God even to the end. She was a very organised woman and so her family did not suffer because she needed to attend to issues concerning Physiotherapy. A sound help meet to her husband, a fantastic  mother of soldiers who turned out very well, to the glory of God. A true Biblical virtuous woman. How else can I describe my sister.
A lover of her family both nuclear and extended families. She paid attention to them all. She was a Mother-in-Israel in deed. In the church, the story was not different.
She was faithful to friendship. Both the high and the low were treated warmly by her, though some misunderstood her, because she would always call a spade, a spade, not a farming implement. She was very frank and honest in her dealings with people. She was bold as a lion. Wow!! What a wonderful woman of God. I salute her courage.
My Mummy, my Sister, live on in glory, yes I've been weeping, because I miss you but you said to me 'I Held On to The End' after you passed on to glory, and this is my comfort I love you always Mum.
Dr. Nneamaka Abanum"

This tribute was added by Tomi Ojetunde on 2nd May 2016

"I take solace in the good life you lived. You live in our hearts madam. I will celebrate and not mourn you. Good night Ma. Adieu."

This tribute was added by Emmanuel Afonne Ekpemu on 2nd May 2016

"I am one of the fortunate believer in Christ Jesus that was taught by mummy during the bible study, school of discipleship class of Chapel of Ascension.I thank God for a principled and straight forward spirit in Mummy Birabi.The body of Christ have lost a galant soldier, a teacher of the bible and a kind hearted child of God. Thank you ma for exibiting humility and teaching us to always focus in heaven as we all know that the world is lost. I am sure that there is joy in heaven as the host of angels Herald your coming home. Rest in the alms of the creator of the heavens an the earth. Adieu."

This tribute was added by Adesola Odole on 2nd May 2016

"Many things we do not understand, many questions unanswered but God is faithful. I never knew the mama Birabi I saw at Singapore already had a date with death on April 29, 2016. This brings to fore the transient nature of man on the surface of this earth. I am so so sad at the finality in death though I try to stir up joy inside of me because I know that mama Birabi was the beloved of God. Yes, she lived a life of service to her maker and humanity and I know she has been translated from the state of a mere mortal to that of an immortal saint of God. Yes, there is so much joy in heaven over the soul of this beloved of God, mama Bridget Birabi. She did her best in showing forth the praise of her maker. How shall we be remembered when our appointment date with death comes? Indeed, NSP has lost an icon who is now heaven's gain. We need not mourn as those without hope. Let us remember her good deeds and give thanks to God for the grace given her to leave a legacy of honour. Sleep on the beloved of God. The Lord will keep all yours safe and whole for the kingdom, O daaro ma.........."

This tribute was added by Femi Kehinde on 2nd May 2016

"Auntie will be missed, our parts crossed in 1984 and she has been part of my family since then. She gave the toast at my wedding. It hurts so much to even just think one wouldn't be seeing her 'live' again . Rest in the bosom of the Lord till we meet at the great beyond. She will be missed by my entire family, Nike - my wife , Feyi & Tolu"

This tribute was added by Wanwuri Akor on 2nd May 2016

"Thank you for teaching as preteens (Samuel's League) in Church.  Rest in the arms of Him who loved you. May the God of all comfort,  comfort your family. Adieu Aunty."

This tribute was added by Wobia Akani on 2nd May 2016

"It's sad to see Aunty Bridget gone so soon. I remember my regular visits to your office in UPTH with my mum. I admired your inner strength which radiated and your distinguished looks. You will always be remembered with fond memories... Rest well with the Lord."

This tribute was added by jane onotai on 2nd May 2016

"Though you didnt know me but u were a shining star that I always admired when I saw you right from my school days.Your legacy will continue to leave on.Rest in peace ma"

This tribute was added by Amy W on 1st May 2016

"I will remember Aunty Bridget as a strong, enterprising woman. Constantly applying herself, she had a passion for her craft and for her faith - a role-model for young women. It's a sad, terrible thing, her early departure. I pray strength for the family and friends she leaves behind.

Rest peacefully Aunty."

This tribute was added by Kayode Oke on 1st May 2016

"“The news of your eventual demise left me in a situation I have never found myself, I felt totally empty and completely unable to make a word for some couple of minutes, despite the fact that I was in the picture of your last weeks of your struggle with death. You were such an amazing person to relate and be with, you were an inspiration, a motivator, a selfless and true leader, pathfinder, lover of physiotherapy, an icon; a true believer in God; I honestly can’t describe you enough.  Serving under you as the NSP PRO & Editor of Physionews was a great experience I will never forget. It kept my relationship strong with you till some days before you passed when you could no long speak with me again. I however take solace in the hope that you have gone to rest in the Lord’s bossom. I will miss you so dearly Dr. Bridget Nwanne Birabi. Your footprints and good deeds to humanity and physiotherapy profession home and abroad live on. Good night ma”."

This tribute was added by Singto Mato on 1st May 2016

"To my Aunt with a huge smile. I still can't come to terms with your departure... don't think I ever will. You had deep compassion and expressed your love fiercely. Your beautiful heart shone all around even from your golden hair. You were a strong woman in your essence, practical, moral and spiritual. Now you're gone, that joy, looking forward to see you every Sunday slowly quenches. I love you even in death."

This tribute was added by Louis Nelson on 1st May 2016

"Nwanne my  beloved, death has taken you awayo from this world but not from our hearts. Since we met in the mid seventies you have been a sister, mother, then grandmother to us especially Ben, the children and many others. We fondly remember and retain your good deeds in our hearts till our dying days. You are a saint and rightfully in the presence of the Almighty God. We pray through thy mercy oh Lord that your soul rest in peace. Amen."

This tribute was added by Kenneth Okpeahior on 1st May 2016

"Death! Why? Mummy, as we mourn your demise, we do so knowing you've seen all and conquered all, heaven has gained one more soul."

This tribute was added by Bakre Kehinde on 1st May 2016

"You are indeed a rear gem. You will surely be missed.  May your gentle sole rest in perfect peace. Amen"

This tribute was added by Ajediran Bello on 1st May 2016

"Even though we ve lost this great woman. the priceless legacy left behind leaves on. Adieu Dr Birabi."

This tribute was added by Ummukulthoum Bakare on 1st May 2016

"PROLOGUE:
I am not usually short of words
But I can't really find clarity on how to write
As I listen to some piano chords
Late into the dead of night


To be or not to be
When I received the heartbreaking news
And deep within I could only see
Clear blue skies and frosty white hues

I felt numb and speechless for a while
As flash backs spontaneously begin
Of her presence and endearing smile
Mixed emotions all racing deep within

Even when we think we know
That one day a loved one will be gone
We are never really ready to let go
To face the world at the break of dawn

Dr Birabi was a gem to one and all
An exemplary person with an  intellectual mind
In the profession she stood firm and tall
With passion and dedication of a far lasting kind

I will always hold on to memories we share
Even the ones that made me feel blue
For as much as I wish you were still here
I am contented there is finally rest for you

She has gone to a place only filled with love
No pain, no anguish or sorrow nor strife
To be with the Almighty in the heavens above
It is indeed a celebration of a distinguished life

It is a homecoming for an angel of mine
Who impacted the world the best way she could
In many ways her legacy will continue to shine
As well the principles for which she stood

The world will remember her as a whole
For all the things she was able in her time to do
As a warm, kind, generous and gentle soul
A life's lesson for us; me and you


EPILOGUE:
There is still so much left unsaid
And I don't have the right words to conclude this piece
We will continue to cherish your memories instead
Aunty Bridget, dwell in His grace and rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Modupe Sorinola on 1st May 2016

"Rest In Peace Madam. Though I never met you, it is evident from the tributes here that you lived a distinguished life. Goodnight and may God's comfort envelope your family at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by iyama-boma comfort omotunde on 1st May 2016

"Like lighten the news stroke me, like I was in a bad dream I wanted to wakeup only to realize I wasn't dreaming. Mummy, like I fondly called you have a wonderful sleep till we meet to part no more. You've lited a candle in our hearts that will never burn out, your memories and thoughts will last Ten life time . My inspirations, my mentor, my courage and my role model you left too soon."

This tribute was added by Abiodun Akinwuntan on 1st May 2016

"Again, we are remembered of the mortality of life on earth. The passing on of our beloved Dr. Birabi is another evidence of our mortality as humans. However, we are comforted by the assurance of an eternal life in heaven if we live a good life. Dr. Birabi lived a good life and we pray for the repose of her gentle soul and the gift of eternal life from God. Amen. I pray that her entire family and the physio community will take solace and be comforted by these facts. God bless us all"

This tribute was added by Adesewa Onabajo on 1st May 2016

"Sad! Sad! Got a mail and needed to be sure which Dabiri it was. Was recently talking about you to a way senior colleague. I always admired you from a distance professionally and physically, especially your pretty long grey hair. You will be missed. Physio community will miss the rare gem you were. I celebrate you ma.... Keeping resting in the bossom of Jesus. Remember to tell him how you saved lives with ur profession. We love you...."

This tribute was added by Stanley Maduagwu on 30th April 2016

"My heart bleeds, my eyes in tears, with trembling fingers I typed to pay tribute to this great sage, Dr Bridget Birabe. Could it be true? I wish it was a dream. Why now, mummy of all! You left when we need you most. You were an inspiration to all. You came, you saw, you conquered all, but death, and left unexpectedly so soon.All I can say now, just rest in perfect peace Your memory will remain ever green!"

This tribute was added by Stanley Maduagwu on 30th April 2016

"My heart bleeds, my eyes in tears, with trembling fingers I typed to pay tribute to this great sage, Dr Bridget Birabe. Could it be true? I wish it was a dream. Why now, mummy of all! You left when we need you most. You were an inspiration to all. You came, you saw, you conquered all, but death, and left unexpectedly so soon.All I can say now, just rest in perfect peace Your memory will remain ever green!"

This tribute was added by Lucy Kola-Laguda neeNwangwu on 30th April 2016

".......speechless!!!!!,Dr.Birabi!!!!!!!,so energetic,very optimistic physiotherapist,a never say never physiotherapist,a physiotherapist that commands audience,bold like a lion,words will fail me to describe this woman of valour,virtue and epitome of knowledge.One of those that i see, hear and I tell myself......."Lucy there is hope"! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,hmmmmmmmmmm,let me cry,you deserve my tears,Thank you ma! Thank you ma!!,Your shoes are way tooooooooo big,but mummy we will tryyyyyyyyy!!! Your Dream for Physiotherapy in Nigeria WILL NOT DIE!!!Your legacy will LIVE ON!!!!!.I Love you."

This tribute was added by Anene Chucks on 30th April 2016

"Dr. (Mrs) Bridget Birabi, you were an immeasurable treasure, a great Philanthropist and a mother to all. You were a source of inspiration to me and the Profession of Physiotherapy globally. Although you would be missed dearly, I am glad you have printed your name in gold. Rest on Mama, God loves you most!
Anene Chucks (PT.),
Previous student@ University of Maiduguri"

This tribute was added by Daniel Odebiyi on 30th April 2016

"This is a shocking news. May your gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of the LORD. The truth is that you continue to live on by your deeds to God and humanity. May God grant the family (including the physiotherapy family) the strength to accept what we cannot change.

Adieu ma."

This tribute was added by Amarachi NNAMDI-EZE on 30th April 2016

"Mam,my prayer partner,my mentor, teacher, burden bearer ,instructor,adviser,confidant,inspirer,,  
You left so unexpectedly even you never left a clue of your departure when i was talking with you on the phone a couple of days ago.I remember i sent you a text massage on wednesday the 27th of april telling you the dream i had concerning your healing and recovering, not knowing that it was your translation. Chaei is this how life is?I know that you are in a beautiful place where there is no pains and sorrow. My prayer is that holy spirit the comforter will comfort your loving husband and children."

This tribute was added by Amarachi NNAMDI-EZE on 30th April 2016

"Mam,my prayer partner,my mentor, teacher, burden bearer ,instructor,adviser,confidant,inspirer,,  
You left so unexpectedly even you never left a clue of your departure when i was talking with you on the phone a couple of days ago.I remember i sent you a text massage on wednesday the 27th of april telling you the dream i had concerning our healing not knowing that it was your translation. Chaei is this how life is?I know that you are in a beautiful place where there is no pains and sorrow. My prayer is that holy spirit the comforter will comfort your loving husband and children."

This tribute was added by Michael Ogunlana on 30th April 2016

"Rest in peace ma Birabi. I personally will miss u."

This tribute was added by Lamidi Emmanuel on 30th April 2016

"What a great loss to physiotherapy profession. Dr. Birabi was so precious to us in her life time. I can never forget the wonderful role she played during WCPT 2008. Her leadership lifestyle was exemplary. May the Lord comfort our heart."

This tribute was added by Joseph Balogun on 30th April 2016

"It is with dismay and deep sense of personal loss to hear of the demise of my University of Ibadan (physiotherapy class of 1974-1977) classmate, Dr. Bridget Birabi. Indeed, the physiotherapy communities in Nigeria and in Diaspora have lost a dear friend. Bridget (as she was fondly called by her peers at University of Ibadan (UI), and I never crossed path since we graduated 39 years ago.  Yet my memory of her is vivid and picturesque. Bridget was synonymous with glamour and pizzazz. She was one of the three women in our class, whom we called “joy girl” because of her striking elegance and evocative impression of the ‘70s popular joy soap television advertisement in Nigeria. She charted for herself a distinguished professional career and became the President of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy. Bridget, I am proud of your earthly achievements. We pray that the Almighty God grant her nuclear family the strength and fortitude to carry-on her stupendous service to humanity. Adieu and rest in peace in the bosom of your creator."

--
Joseph A. Balogun, PT, PhD, FACSM
Distinguished University Professor
College of Health Sciences, BHS 425
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Tel: 773-995-3508
Fax: 773-995-4484
E-mail address: JA-Balogun@csu.edu"

This tribute was added by Nathaniel Nte on 30th April 2016

"It took me great time to gather myself as I received the short message from the National President of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy about the passing through transition of the Mother of all mothers, the mentor per excellence, Dr(Mrs) Bridget Birabi.
I cleansed my eyes thrice to be sure if I wasn't reading a wrong message that was not meant for me, yea, it was a trumpet shouting, and announcing the passage of this mortal soul personality.
Oh! The screen of my phone got wet with fluids from my tears glands.
My heart quaked, my feet wobbled. I could hold myself not anymore.
Ma, you showed us light practically,
10 repeatitions × 2 you taught me.
Exercise was at your finger tips.
Many I remembered, but many this space can't take in writing.
Safe journey home great Mentor."

This tribute was added by Bisi Oyarekua on 30th April 2016

"Wow!
Pray that the good Lord will comfort your family.
The world of Physiotherapy has lost an angel but heaven has gained one. Rest in His blossom.

Adieu!"

This tribute was added by Inko-Tariah Gina Inko-Tariah Gina on 30th April 2016

"It's unbelievable that you are gone ma. The last time we saw was during Mrs Amarachi Eze's send off party which you hosted almost 2yrs ago. You were still very strong and I even commended that you look very good. I'm really sad to hear this. Physiotherapy family will miss you. You were a pillar to everyone. We will miss you ma. Rest in the bossom of the Lord. May God grant your family the fortitude to bear the loss."

This tribute was added by Joshua Jogunola Dr on 30th April 2016

"With heavy heart and sincere sobal reflection the urgly news of Dr Bridget Birabi 's demise came with a great shock to me and my family members, am sure it would be the same with our Physiotherapy colleagues home and abroad.  My prayer is for the good Lord to grant the nucleus family, the friends, well wishers and others the fortitude to bear the loss.  Let's note that death is  the inevitable end of every living soul, the price we would all pay sooner or later. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.  From Dr Jogunola Joshua Dele  the former Register Medical Rehabilitation Therapists (Reg.)Board of Nigeria (MRTB)"

This tribute was added by Olufemi Oyewole on 30th April 2016

"The new of your departure came suddenly. You are blessing to Physiotherapy family. You are gone but the legacy you left with us lives on."

This tribute was added by Ogbonna Obi on 30th April 2016

"May her zealous soul R.I.P. Amen
Myself and family's privileged to witness and experience you"

This tribute was added by Keithmoore Ala on 30th April 2016

"No news has ever kept me astonished as the news of your death this afternoon. Last time I spoke with you was in U.K. Though slightly I'll, but you were strong. How else can I  express my grief? You were a mother to me. While in Nigeria, no week elapses without you asking to see me. I may be young in the profession but you showed special care towards me. I drive your car at will, I visit your residence without invitation and you never fail to return my call if you miss it. You were instrumental to my career success. I'm completely dumbfounded with your demise!

One thing is sure! you are with Angels in heaven singing hallelujah to the most high. You were a devoted Christian, mother of all and a renowned physiotherapist.

Rest in peace Mother!
Till we meet to part no more!
My wife and I, will miss you forever."

This tribute was added by chic chic on 30th April 2016

"A Teacher of Teachers is gone. You left a legacy and footprints on the sands. Farewell the golden icon and may God comfort the family."

This tribute was added by chic chic on 30th April 2016

"A Teacher of Teachers is gone. You left a legacy and footprints in the sands of time. Rest in peace the golden icon. May God comfort your family."

This tribute was added by Ummukulthoum Bakare on 30th April 2016

"I am not usually short for words, but words fail me now...I remember how we discuss both on the professional and family front. You have always been convinced that we all have what can give us leverage to take our profession to the pinnacle of its best. How there is so much to still be done and waiting to be done. I know that you have gone to rest in the bossom of God almighty..Till we meet again Aunty Bridget. We love you but God love's you more..."

This tribute was added by Akinniranye olufunmilola on 30th April 2016

"We love you but God loves you more.  You an exemplary mother, mentor and role model to me. Will cherish your values forever."

This tribute was added by Doyin Adetoyinbo on 30th April 2016

"The news of your death came as s shocker! It was hard to believe, truly you've left a big vaccum that will take us a while to fill up. Our consolation is in the fact that "to be absent in the body is to be present with the lord". Sleep on Matriarch of physiotherapy!"

This tribute was added by Caleb Ademola Omuwa Gbiri on 30th April 2016

"I actually thought it could be a mistake when I received the sms on the demise of one of our great icons in the profession of physiotherapy, Dr BNM Birabi, I quickly put a call across to the incumbent president of NSP who confirmed the ugly news, then I believed. Mama, you're one of the inspirations for excellence in this profession. You came, you saw, you joined, you led and you passed the mantle on. The memory of your days with us will never fade. We will keep in remembrance forever, those milestones you achieved and you made some others to achieve too. May God almighty accept your soul in His bosom and grant you eternal rest."

This tribute was added by Jovita Ada Duruzor Daniel on 30th April 2016

"I will miss you mummy. I will miss your advise and encouragement. You made me to see Physiotherapy from a true angle. You taught me to hold my head high and tell the whoever cares to hear, that I am a Physiotherapist and that Physiotherapy is a profession to be proud of. You proved the slogan that what men can do, women can do better. You are an icon,a heroine, a go getter. NSP will miss your graceful presence in our annual conferences from now onwards. You will be greatly missed. Your legacy will always speak for you. You will always be read in the history of Physiotherapy in Nigeria. Goodnight Mummy, Dr. Bridget Birabi."

This tribute was added by Oluwaseun Kubeyinje on 30th April 2016

"The news of your passing on to glory is a shock to me. Dr Birabi was a woman whose name can never be forgotten in Physiotherapy in Nigeria. I remember vividly how Dr Birabi stepped in to mediate in a crisis at my workplace even though she was not the NSP president again at the time. Such is the quality of Dr Bridget Birabi, such is the quality of a great leader and an elder. You will surely be missed. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Oluwaseun Kubeyinje on 30th April 2016

"The news of your passing on to glory is a shock to me. Dr Birabi was a woman whose name can never be forgotten in Physiotherapy in Nigeria. I remember vividly how Dr Birabi stepped in to mediate in a crisis at my workplace even though she was not the NSP president again at the time. Such is the quality of Dr Bridget Birabi, such is the quality of a great leader and an elder. You will surely be missed. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Gabriel Oyegunna on 30th April 2016

"Though saddened by your passing onto greater glory, we take solace in the great works of your hand which are reflected in the lives of many and the Physiotherapy profession. You are gone but the legacy you left with us lives on. RIP"

This tribute was added by Morolake Ogunbeku on 30th April 2016

"The news of your departure caught
me unaware and it is heartbreaking
to me; Dr (Mrs) Bridget Birabi
I can't forget how you affected my
professional life positively within the
space of little time that I worked with
you.
You took me as your daughter and
the decision I made with your
motherly counsel would forever be
golden to me. You stood by me
when I was battling with serious life
decision.
You're indeed a blessing to this
nation and my great profession, WE
LOVE YOU BUT JESUS LOVES YOU
MORE.
REST ON Dr (Mrs) BRIDGET BIRABI"

This tribute was added by Emmanuel John on 30th April 2016

"With heavy hearts, we celebrate today, the life of Dr. Bridget Nwanne Morenike Birabi. She was a great leader and mentor to many in the physiotherapy profession around the world. She is surely missed."

This tribute was added by Emmanuel John on 30th April 2016

"With heavy hearts, we celebrate today, the life of Dr. Bridget Nwanne Morenike Birabi. She was a great leader and mentor to many in the physiotherapy profession around the world. She is surely missed."


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