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!!!
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!!
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!!!