It’s Christmas!!!

Today, Friday 18 December 2015 is my last day with my NGO, Jhpiego, Nigeria.  My 6 month PULSE assignment is at its end – wow, where did those 6months go??  I am ending on a high though.  I am very pleased with my ‘students’, the programme teams with the four national professional associations I worked with.  I am filled with hope that they will go from strength to strength managing their individual activities to achieve the objectives set under the Maternal and Child Survival Programme.  Go team go!!!

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I attended a Clinical Skills Standarisation course more as an observer to see how the training is conducted.  It was all very interesting.  But today, our last day, has a party atmosphere.  I have George Michael singing ‘Last Christmas’ on in the background.  There definitely is a feeling of Christmas here in Abuja.  I found myself singing along to the Christmas carols being played in the supermarkets.  I even saw Santa outside our usual supermarket!!

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I fly home this Sunday, so just a week before Christmas and can’t wait to see my family.  It is a nice time to be heading home, as so is everyone else.

It has been an amazing experience here in Nigeria, I have learnt so much.  I am so much more aware of different perspectives and cultures than I ever was. How those factors are so important when you are communicating key messages.  I have made some lovely friends too.

So thank you Jhpiego, Nigeria and GSK PULSE for making this possible.  I would like to make a special mention to James, Fidelia, Samuel and Femi for helping to make my last 6 months here easier !

With that, I would like to say good bye, and to wish you all a peaceful Christmas season filled with seasonal good cheer!


Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all!!!

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  1. Well done Nikki, good work there and bring back your new skills to enhance the way we work in GSK – Have a good Christmas and see you in GSK in the New Year, Odile

  2. Well done Nikki – sounds like you ended feeling very satisfied with all that you had achieved in the past 6 months – and so you should! Enjoy the time with family and I look forward to seeing you back in GSK in the new year.

    1. HI Mary Anne, a very happy new year to you! I wanted to thank you for all your suppportive comments on my previous blogs! Thank you for taking the time to read and add your comments! I do hope that you ‘re-entry’ goes smoothly and that you don’t loose that energy you developed whilst on your PULSE assignment! All the best and all good wishes for 2016.

  3. Congratulations! Sounds like you have made a huge contribution. I hope you are settling back in well too ;0)

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