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, a devoted mother to her three sons Naakuu, Dimieari and Meesuan and a caring grandmother.


Posted by Ummukulthoum Bakare on February 8, 2021
I miss you Aunty Bridget.
Posted by Apollos Akomaka on January 15, 2021
Ma, you taught me so much that I will never forget you. Your legacies and memories will always remain fresh in my mind.
Posted by Adesola Odole on January 15, 2021
Sleep on beloved Dr. Bridget Birabi
Posted by Abanum Nneamaka P on January 15, 2021
Happy posthumous birthday sweet Mummy. Sleep on Ma. I love you forever.
Posted by Akinniranye olufunmilola on April 30, 2020
My great mentor, if I have my way, i would write your name all over my dissertation. You encouraged me to embark in that journey and YES I made it. The exemplary life you lived continues to inspire me in many ways. Your name is written across my heart forever. True it's 4 years and I still miss you so much.
Posted by Samuel Uzoechi on April 29, 2020
I cannot believe it is 4 years since you left us here for your permanent resident in heaven. Adeu, Dr. Birabi.
Posted by Femi Kehinde on April 29, 2020
It's still difficult to process the fact that you are gone. Still dreamt of you yesterday. Our solace is in the fact that you are in a better place.

Thank God for the opportunity to be part of your family.

Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord
Posted by Ibifubara Iyalla on January 15, 2020
Ever Green!!!! Never Forgotten!!!
Posted by Franklyn Nlerum on November 24, 2019
Your memory remains evergreen. A gracious lady, friendly and committed to God in words and deed. As a beneficiary of her immense kindness, she remains in my memory. I will always pray that God will continue to strengthen Sen. Birabi, Naaku and his siblings.
Posted by Ummukulthoum Bakare on September 11, 2019
Dear Aunty Bridget,

I think of you
and very often too
There is still alot unsaid
and undone
May your gentle soul rest in His eternal Grace
Posted by Oladapo Olagbegi on April 30, 2019
Dr Birabi will forever live in our hearts as a leader who aspired and vigorously pursued greatness for Physiotherapy in Nigeria. May her gentle and kind soul continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Abanum Nneamaka P on April 29, 2019
Sister, may your sweet and kind soul continue to rest in peace on the Bossom of the Lord. The finest and the best there was. You are gone but you live on in our hearts. We love and miss you Mum
Posted by Sam Njoku on April 29, 2019
Continue Rest in the Lord. You are forever missed.
Posted by Ada Wikina on April 29, 2019
Nwanne, its been three years since you went to be with the Lord. But your memory lingers on. I miss you. You were my nwanne di na mba. We encouraged each other, more you than me. Till we meet in heaven.
Posted by Femi Kehinde on April 29, 2019
Fondly missed . I cherished the moments we had many years back. uncle and the boys , no men are handling things well
Posted by Akinniranye olufunmilola on January 18, 2019
Your memory lingers. You were an exemplary leader, i miss you.
Posted by Nneamaka Abanum on January 16, 2019
Yesterday, you'd have been 66 years on earth. But I'm comforted because you're in the best place; like Apostle Paul said " to die is gain". But I must confess that I miss you very much but for the Holy Spirit who daily comforts us. Sleep on Mum, we will meet again. I love you very much.
Posted by Victor Dania on April 29, 2018
The memory lingers on.
Her commitment to the things of the Lord and support of the Church were exemplary.
And all crowned by the gentle smile and mien.
May her soul continue to rest with the Lord.
Posted by Ada Wikina on April 29, 2018
Nwanne, it has been two years since you went to be with Jesus. I take solace in the fact that one day we shall meet in His presence to part no more. Continue to rest in the Lord.
Posted by Emmanuel Afonne Ekpemu on January 15, 2018
Today marks the day of your birth in planet earth. You came and conquered. Heaven is happy with your legacies. Continue to rest in the bossom of yaweh. Indeed, forever missed.
Posted by Amechi Uche on January 15, 2018
Oh it's just like yesterday, when you grace this wicked and sinful world. when your hands touched the lives of people and granted them that wonderful smile on their face even with their pain ridden soul, when you look forward to a rest in eternity with your maker. Oh time had stood still this long for you. May you continue to rest in the bosom of your maker.
Posted by Ummukulthoum Bakare on January 15, 2018
Dear Aunty Bridget
A lil note to remember you on this day
Not just because you are one I can forget
For there is still a lot I wish to say

We know you are in a heavenly space
Even though we would want you here still
But you are with all the goodwill and God's grace
And your strong presence we still feel

There is so much I need to tell you
Many of which we spoken of in between
In most of the things that I have gotten to do
Your conviction of where I should have been

I am stronger because of your faith
I am wiser because of your zeal
Moving forward to pursue the path of fate
With the good Lord's divine seal

Thank you so much for all you have been
I am glad you are a part of my life
To always make the grass feel green
Till we meet again in the afterlife

@Bakare Ummukulthoum 15/01/2018
Posted by Akinniranye olufunmilola on January 15, 2018
Rest on my role model and mentor. It's your 65th posthumous birthday today, would have been so nice to tell you am an auntie again today 15/01/2018 and many other things. I miss you so much, you were all in one; PH mom, boss, mentor, role model, adviser.... By the way thanks for that push i recently wrote my last paper in PG school.
Posted by Ngozi Monye on January 15, 2018
Today would have been another birthday of yours.... you are always remembered fondly each passing day
Posted by Samuel Uzoechi on January 15, 2018
Dear Dr. Biriba, you were an epitome of good character. You will be forever in my heart.
Posted by Samuel Uzoechi on January 9, 2018
I have tried several months to reach her by phone and email but to no avail. I contacted the leadership of the Nigerian Society of Physiotherapy and inquired about her. Three days later, they replied and said "I am sorry to announce to you that she passed on to glory" what a world. This woman was very instrumental in my education. Dr. Birabi paid my tuition fee for a year at FUTO. Contributed to my flight ticket to go study abroad. Dr. Birabi was like a mother to me. The stories that brought us together is a very long one. RIP Mama.
Posted by Adesola Odole on April 30, 2017
As the beloved of God (Ayanfe Olodumare), I am assured that Dr Birabi is resting, free from all earthly sorrows. The memory of the just is sweet. She stood up for righteousness. It is well.
Posted by Ummukulthoum Bakare on April 29, 2017
To my dear loving Aunty Bridget
Here are a few things I would like to say
For you are someone I cannot forget
And I will always remember you in every way

I can't believe it is already a year
When the cycle of life stopped to turn
Confirming my greatest and worst fear
And all we could do was grief and mourn

You were someone so full of life
Making your mark as you journeyed on
But our pain of losing you is still as sharp as a knife
Because with us you will always belong

Life full of its ups and downs
For what we seek we may not see
But you always know how to make smiles from frowns
And encourage us to pursue who we want to be

You were a loving wife, aunt and mother
Always ready to give a hug or helping hand
Sharing your love and warmth like none other
And where necessary you take a firm stand

A lot had happened since you have been gone
And we can all still feel you near
As your presence is like the rising of the sun
Like the grace of the almighty that is always there

Even though we love and miss you still
Thank you for being our sunshine after the rain
We take solace and refuge in God's will
Till we all meet and reunite again

Continue to rest in the almighty's bosom above
May eternal life be bestowed upon you
Your aura and ambience be filled with love
As well as His mercies and grace too

Bakare Ummukulthoum
Posted by Umo udom on April 29, 2017
It's a year since Bridget departed from this world. We all miss her but her life left a lasting impression in everyone who came in contact with her. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Posted by Emmanuel Afonne Ekpemu on January 16, 2017
Life without Jesus is completely empty. Thank you precious Lord for the life of our mother " Mummy Birabi," she fought a good fight, she finished her course, and indeed she kept the faith. We cherish your legacies and will forever hold them in high esteem. Continue to fellowship with the saints in the beautiful land where we never grow old. May the Lord Jesus Christ honor you with beautiful robes and shining crown filled with heavenly stars. Thank you for touching lives, heaven will forever celebrate you.
Posted by Olufunmilola Akinniranye on January 15, 2017
My great mentor, it's your 1st birthday in heaven. I know you are there: that place of peace, joy with no sorrow. Rest on mama, till we see at the last day. Missing you.
Posted by Ada Wikina on January 15, 2017
Happy 1st birthday in heaven Nwanne. Unbelievable, but yet it's true. You are no longer with us. Kachifo.
Posted by Ummukulthoum Bakare on January 15, 2017
My dearest beloved Aunty Bridget
Still very surreal to know you are gone
Ours memories together I will never forget
Or the grief so far I have borne

If I could have one wish come true
Just to see you and hear you again
I would not hesitate or ponder to
Maybe it might help me ease the pain

It's been like ages gone by
Since you left us here for a heavenly place
And as much as we want to question why
We can only imagine your lovely face

There is so alot left unsaid
And I wish so much that you can see
How your counsel and wisdom has helped me in my stead
And I am getting close to where I ought to be

It still hurts just like yesterday
When the sad news broke that fateful night
And as much as I wanted and wished you stay
You fought a brave battle with all your might

Thank you so much for all that you have done
Before the time to go finally came
For your love and courage is second to none
And the world will continue to remember your name.

I am consoled by the good and exemplary life you lived
Affecting humanity mind, body and soul
For your legacy and warmth will not be outlived
In your sojourn on earth as a whole

Bakare Ummukulthoum
Posted by Nimiworio Beredugo on September 19, 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.
Posted by Homa Weli Numbere on May 25, 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.
Posted by Olubunmi Allen on May 23, 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.
Posted by jumoke olumewo on May 21, 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
Posted by Benedicta Njokanma on May 20, 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.
Posted by Ada Wikina on May 20, 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.
Posted by B.M WIFA, OFR, SAN on May 20, 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.
Posted by Nike kehinde on May 20, 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
Posted by Obioma Liyel-Imoke on May 18, 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
Posted by christina Jimenez on May 18, 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)
Posted by christina Jimenez on May 18, 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
Posted by Albert Ikhalo on May 17, 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.
Posted by Birabi victoria on May 15, 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...
Posted by ann dunkley on May 13, 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
Posted by Moni Gasper on May 10, 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
Posted by Christiana Ngbogbara on May 8, 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
Posted by Udoka Okafor on May 7, 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
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Posted by Ummukulthoum Bakare on February 8, 2021
I miss you Aunty Bridget.
Posted by Apollos Akomaka on January 15, 2021
Ma, you taught me so much that I will never forget you. Your legacies and memories will always remain fresh in my mind.
Posted by Adesola Odole on January 15, 2021
Sleep on beloved Dr. Bridget Birabi
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Shared by Nike kehinde on April 29, 2020
Auntie  was many things to many people, she will be forever remembered as our warm and ever caring big sister. We remember her today as always. We thank God for keeping uncle, Naaku, Dimieri and Meesuan.  We will meet at the feet of Jesus.

Happy Birthday

Shared by Meesuan Paul-Birabi on January 15, 2017

Today i would have celebrated your 64th Birthday showing you all the love you thought me, i would have made you smile, and hope that you would have been glad and proud of me, and my brothers. Today you rest with the Lord, and i hope you celebrate this day with our Lord in Heaven and you'll experience your first birthday in Heaven.
Happy Birthday Mummy, i love you and miss you everyday. 

Shared by Ada Wikina on May 20, 2016

  Nwanne and I met briefly as students in UI although she was 2years ahead of me. I thought she was one on the most beautiful girls on campus. Lo and behold we met again in Port Harcourt in 1981. We were now married to 2 Ogoni boys who were schoolmates. There began the long sisterhood. Nwanne is godmother to my daughter Kiki. Our children are friends and 'siblings'. As Christians we have attended hosted several prayer meetings interceding for our families, especially for Ogoni land. We bonded so well. We found ourselves married to men from a 'strange' land with different language, different culture, and lifestyle. But she always  told me that we were there for a purpose. Now she is gone. Kedu onye muna yaa ga nakpazi? God knows best. Laru ofuma ezigbo nwa Chukwu.