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Ijeoma "Ijay" Bassey Eyo-Nsa

May 13, 1975 - October 24, 2021

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Obituary For Ijeoma "Ijay" Bassey Eyo-Nsa

Ijeoma “Ijay” Bassey Eyo-Nsa, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, formerly of Abuja, Nigeria, passed on to the Lord on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at the age of 46 years.

Ijeoma was born May 13, 1975, into the family of late Emmanuel Uvere Okoro and Rose Okoro of Ndiowu Kindred, Ibom Village in Arochukwu, Abia State, Nigeria. Ijay stood out in academic brilliance during her primary education at St. Silas Primary school, Umuahia. She completed her high school with distinction at Federal Government Girl’s College Kazaure in Kano state, Nigeria.

Ijeoma holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from University of Calabar, Nigeria. She completed her internship and national youth service in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, where she met her husband Dr. Bassey Nsa. Ijeoma worked as a Medical Laboratory Technologist at the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Training Center, Zaria, Nigeria. She had a distinguished career as Senior Program Manager with the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. She holds a Masters Degree in Health Management. To expand her horizon, Ijay moved with her family to Grande Prairie, AB in 2016 as a permanent resident of Canada. She worked as a Medical Laboratory Technologist with Alberta Precision Laboratory, and in a supervisory role.

Ijeoma loved building networks, she had a passion for coaching and mentoring teens. She worked diligently to propagate the love of Jesus Christ, and was always there for people in need. She loved dancing, travel, entertaining family and friends, and was known for her amazing baking skills and delicious meals.

She will be missed by her loving husband Bassey; her lovely children: Irene, Emmanuel, and Jesse. We are comforted by the fact she rests with the Lord in Heaven. Her bosom friends: Juliet, Fiola, Ifeoma, Chinwe and Biola, to mention a few hold her dear to their hearts. Her brothers Emma and Ugo; sister Ngozi; mother Rose Okoro; aunties, and uncle Nnamdi Udoh know their angel is in heaven. Her in-laws Eyo, Nella and Templar love her dearly.

Anecdote: Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. Isaiah 26:3.

Ijay was predeceased by her father Emmanuel Uvere Okoro; father and mother in-law Eyo Nsa and Irene Eyo.

A Service of Songs/Viewing will be held to honor her memory on Friday, November 19, 2021, from 4:00-7:00pm at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Winners Assembly in Grande Prairie (10117 93 St.)

A Memorial Service will be held at RCCG on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 10:00 am. Interment to follow at 11:30am, at the Grande Prairie Cemetery (84th Ave and 112th St.).

A LIVESTREAM LINK WILL BE AVAILABLE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE MEMORIAL SERVICE on Ijeoma’s obituary on Oliver’s Funeral Home website.

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Memorial donations may be made to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Winners Assembly (10117 93 St., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 1Y1), or to gpwinnersassembly@gmail.com.

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  • May God accept your soul and grant Dr. Bassey and your children the grace to live life with your sudden absence. You lived and impacted while you were here. May your soul continue to rest in the glory of our God. Victor

  • Ijeoma my dear cousin. The news of your sudden demise hit me like a thunder, but I am consoled, knowing that you loved the Lord and lived for Him. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh."Let His name be forever praised. May your lovely soul rest peacefully in the Lord. My heart goes out for the family you have left behind, but I am rest assured that God in His usual way will take care of them. Good bye dear one. Irene Ngozi (nee Okafor) (Ph.D)

  • This loss is painful. Ijeoma was a gift given to her world by the Lord who knows how long she should live. I thank God for using her to touch many lives in different ways. The night has come, the day of work is over may the Lord help us to work the work of he that sent us while it is day for the night cometh when no man shall work John 9:4 May we be ready when he calls is home. May the God of all comfort, comfort his immediate family and extended family, sustain and up hold the to fulfill their individual destinies in Jesus name. May we work worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing while are here. The time is short. May the Lord be with her family. Agala Ndidi

  • When I heard, you passed it came as a shock to me and it still breaks my heart . I remember when you let me stay at your place for a whole full 4 months, fed me, checked up on me every time. Even when I went back to school you called me every-time you had the chance to made sure I was okay. I will miss you ma. May your perfect soul Rest In Peace. Mirabel Ola-Olorunsola

  • Dead where is thy sting? You've taken too many beautiful souls and now you took away our very own sister inlaw. Ijay, we might not have met, but those that knew you can attest that you were a beautiful soul. A wonderful wife and great mother. from the grandchildren of chief eyo nsa's family, may your soul rest in God's bossom.

  • IJ, the sad news of your death was a huge blow. It is indeed true that the best are taken early by God but your legacy will live on. Every encounter I had with you was positive and you always gave without expecting anything in return. When I relocated to the United Kingdom and could not secure a place to do my work experience, you intervened like an angel when it came to your attention, spoke to your cousin and that was immediately resolved. When my Father passed away, you were the first to contribute money. You were like a rock to my older sister Fiola and I know you would still look over her from heaven. To your husband and children, God will bless and protect them. Your generous and gentle personality will not be forgotten. Until we meet again, je nke oma. Receive eternal rest, Amen Daniel Obi

  • There's so much to say, aunty IJ, so many memories. Sleep well. Kelechi Udoh.

  • To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD. Heaven has indeed gained an Angel. Thanking God Almighty for you darling sis Ijeoma for the exemplary life you lived. You were beautiful inside out. You were kind, gentle, sweet, caring, selfless, generous and loving. You went beyond the call without reservations. You were ever ready to assist and help with so much joy. Thank you for all you did while you were here . The call for an urgent and intense prayer came to me as an unpleasant surprise. It was less than a week after I asked my sister about you, and she mentioned that you just returned from Ontario. We prayed ernestly trusting and believing God for a quick and speedy intervention for full and total recovery. The call of your transition to glory devastated me. We dare not question our God and Creator. We love you but He loves you most. He chose to draw you to His bosom in glory to end all you went through. Teach us LORD to number our days and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling in Jesus' name. Amen. May we know that it is not how long we live in this wicked world that counts, but how well. I pray for continued strength for our brother, Dr. Bassey and your wonderful children, Irene, Emmanuel and Jessie. Our good God will comfort you on all sides in Jesus' name. Amen.. He will never give you more than you can handle in Jesus' name. He will send Angels and men to support and help you through this difficult time in Jesus' name. Amen. In all things we give God thanks. My prayers are with you always. Binta Abdulrahman Obayemi Abuja.

  • Aunty Ijeoma Your death came to me as a rude awakening to the brevity of life. It will take my siblings and I some time to align with this reality, but who are we to question what God has permitted? I will not mourn like those without hope. You gave your best shot at life, doing all things with excellence and so much dedication. I will particularly miss you and your roles as my big sister, mother, etc. Thank you for the times we shared,thank you for the counsel and laughter, I will forever cherish them. May God give Uncle Bassey, Irene, Emmanuel and Jesse the strength to go through this period. Rest in peace my dear Aunty Ijay Chigozie Nwafor

  • Good bye to a great cousin and sister Aunty Ijay!!😭😭😭 I never really knew you until I got married and we met here in Abuja, but you immediately took up the big sister role always checking on me making sure everyone is okay.You were always willing to Lend a hand and lived the life of a true Christian. I can only give glory to God knowing that you lived a good life and have gone to rest in heaven. My whole family and I love you so much but God loves you the most. Good night lovely soul😇, good bye to a Rare Gem 💎 See you on the resurrection morning. Your dear cousin Chinyere Ugonna Okoroafor

  • Ije, it is truly difficult to come to terms with your sudden departure. We will miss you nwaoma. Rest on, in the bossom of our Lord Jesus, till we meet to part no more. Yeye

  • Madam Ijeoma.... Still unbelievable that you are no more but I know that you are resting in God's bosom. Even though I was new to the Institute as at that time, you didn't hesitate to offer me a helping hand. I pray the Lord to grant your family the strength to go through this difficult time. Sleep on till the resurrection morning...

  • Ijeoma nwanne m, I am short of words. Somehow I don't know but am still waiting, hoping for someone to say it's all a joke! Nwanne m rest on. We love you but God loves you more. Kelechi

  • I am still in shock. I know you are in a better place where there is no more pain, sickness and disease. You will be missed. You left a remarkable legacy that will go down in history .

  • May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace Ijeoma. Nuratu Shelle Mustapha Dynamic class '90

  • My dear Sis, this is a rude shock to all of us your course mates but we have hope in God. We can't question God but we pray for your gentle soul to RIP! Our condolences to the family!!! Adieu IJ!!!

  • Hmmm.... Ijeoma, I am still shocked at your passing, I choose to remember you as that brilliant, driven energetic young lady back then in Kazaure, may the Lord rest your soul and comfort those you left behind. Rest well dynamic sisters. Sade Oluwa. Fggc Kazaure dynamic set.

  • Ij my lovely Sister, it pleases God to give you to me as my only sister . I will forever hold dear the love , bond and closeness we shared as Sisters. A rare Gem have been translated to a heavenly Angel by God. I love you so much my Ijay Canada . Shine on to eternal Glory as you continue to smile down on us. Your sister Ngozi Okoro

  • Ijeoma Bassey Nsa was a secondary school mate, "small Ijeoma" as we called her. Always with a beautiful smile that would light up every room she entered, she never let anyone intimidate her because of her stature; she would express herself in the most diplomatic way and hardly got into arguments or troubles. We all lost contact after secondary school (FGGC KAZAURE, KANO STATE) but we reunited many years later in Abuja Nigeria and she was an active member of the Abuja chapter Alumini, always willing to lend a helping hand and contributing in anyway to move the association forward. She was also a strong member of the Dynamic 90 sisters group (a group for her school set) though she became passive after relocating to Canada but in her way she still communicated and reached out to a few of us individually. We will really miss her and pray that her sins be forgiven and paradise be her abode. We pray the good Lord comforts her family and grant them the grace and faith to accept His will. Tosin Lawal for Dynamic 90 sisters

  • My dear Ijeoma, My Coach, My Mentor, My one and only Plug in GP, My 'Go to' Person at all times. I have known you for just a few months, yet i feel so lost without you..that is how much you touched my life. Rest on my God sent. Oghenemaro Egunatum

  • Your death still comes as a rude shock to me up till this very moment I bring myself to type this, you were a really really amazing soul, for the past few weeks I still cannot imagine the fact that what we'll be planning is your burial. You were a really good and kind person, you were more like a mother to me, all through my time here in this city right from when I was looking for a job you were one person who constantly stood by me and even helped me check out places to apply to, during Christmas celebrations you either invited us to celebrate with your family, a gesture that made those of us far away from home feel close to home. Or is it the random days you'd invite David and myself over for dinner, you were one person who made sure foreign students never really feel alone in this city. No strength at all can cure the sorrow of losing such a precious soul like your mom. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, we all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a crude shock and surprise when it happens to someone we know and cherish. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. You'll be dearly missed, Aunty Ijeoma ❤️. May your soul rest in perfect Peace 🤍🦅. Joshua Ibirogba.

  • Ijeoma, The few times I met you, you were very open and welcoming, nice and with a happy spirit. I wish I could've gotten closer to you to know you more. However, even though we weren't close, I still knew you as one who stepped out of her way to help whenever in need. I can't forget the smile on your face when I first met you at the very first Nigerians in Grande Prairie meeting!! Your passing away hits very deep that I cannot even begin to imagine how your family is taking this. You are dearly missed. I believe that you have found peace in heaven and are now watching over us. Till we meet to part no more, adieu Ijeoma. May your soul find rest in the blossom of the Lord, Amen. From: Dominique Anekwe

  • Dear Ma'm, I don't know you personally, but everything I've heard about you were great words of a great woman you are. I pray God grants you an eternal rest in His bossom. To my Boss, I felt grieved to hear this, after loosing my own husband few years ago, I can imagine how you feel. No words are enough to console you right now, all I pray is for God to carry you through it all. It's painful, so hurtful but what can we do, God knows best. hang on, pray more, cry if you want to, but ensure you stay strong, for she is in a better place where one day, when Jesus comes we will see them again. God be with you and comfort you and all the family on every side.

  • I have tried writing this message several times but got stucked with disbelief. It's still very difficult to accept but because God's ways are not our ways, I am learning to accept that Ijay has gone ahead to be with our Lord. The last time we met was at the Shoprite supermarket in Abuja. I still can visualise the look of deep respect and affection on your face as you said " how are you ma'am "and I will forever cherish that moment. You were a loving and dedicated wife, and loving and caring mother, a loyal and supportive friend and a Christ lover per excellence. I am certain you are resting in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ until we meet. Rest on Ijay as we continue to take solace in the memories we shared. To Dr. Bassey , the kids and Juliet, pleas take heart and be comforted that Ijay has made her impact on the lives of those she came in contact with. She might have left so soon but her life was worth living because she lived and died in Christ. Eternal rest grant to Ijay oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen. Juliet Iseniyi. Your colleague and a friend of the family

  • My dear Ijeoma...I've held back writing this, as it hurts so much to come to terms with the reality of your demise.. Though you're gone, I would hold on dearly to the beautiful memories, that i have of you. May the Lord comfort Irene, Emmanuel ,Jesse and your husband through this period and beyond. Rest on beautiful soul! You live forever in my heart. Ebunoluwa Akintola.

  • It was and is still very sad to learn of your passing, Ijay. The grieving hearts are many and still search for answers to the questions. We hope to find some someday; but till then, we pray the Lord to show you mercy and grant your soul peaceful response. Jee nke oma, nwanyi oma. Rest in perfect peace. Amen. To Dr. Bassey, her children, mum and siblings, May you all find comfort and fortitude to bear this huge loss. Please try to draw solace in the beautiful legacy she left behind and the testimonies of the lives that she touched... Nkechi Njokanma

  • A beautiful soul like yours does not die, they are merely sleeping!! Rest on beautiful soul! You came, you made impact and you have conquered! The testimonies says it all. Although I have never met you but you have conquered! REST ON!! To the Bassey Eyo - Nsa family, please accept my condolence. May the Almighty God grant you all fortitude to bear this great loss 🙏 ...Toks

  • Very sad to hear ijeoma's passing . May God grant her eternal rest . She was a very pleasant person, always had a smile and willing to assist anyone. May God grant her family, the fortitude to bear . Regards Dr obinna ogbanufe US CDC Nigeria

  • It is so hard to believe I would not see you anymore Aunty . Our last conversation was you talking about how happy you were for me gaining admission into Lethbridge University. You said in your words " Ore, I am happy for you and I am proud of you. We will see when you come home December". These words won't stop coming back to me. I feel relieved to have someone up there who is happy and proud of me. You will be greatly missed Aunty . I'll miss your smiling face, I'll miss seeing you do decorations in church , l'll miss seeing you in charge of welfare, I'll miss hearing you laugh, I'll miss seeing you walk in those pretty heels. Rest on, Aunty Ijeoma . -Oreoluwa E. Fakoya

  • Adieu. Ije béké. A gem of a daughter. Too early to go. But only God can say who has gone early. We met you with a life full of Living, Joy, Laughter and Peace. A Peacemaker at all times, who cools anger with smiles. A Blessed Child of the Almighty God. For the Lord told us : Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the Children of God . Matthew 5:9 We will all miss you, but the Angels are happy to have your smile in their midst, to Welcome you Home. Adieu, Ada māzi. The Lord will shield and condole Bassey and the Children. Rest In Perfect Peace. Dé Amara, Da'Uloaku, Olejuru, Alaukwu, Chukwudumagaije, Soromtochi.

  • Ijay Words fail Me. Hmmmmmm. You left too soon. It hurts so much thinking about your death. I can't call you anymore just to gist. The way you call me Da Uloaku is unique only to you. I can't tell you to speak with Nanu over anything and everything. I can't ask you how you are doing, I can't hear you laugh, I can't hear your gentle voice or see your beautiful smile anymore. Your death will be difficult to get over. Each time, we ask if there was something anyone could have done to keep you alive. Hmmmmm. God decided to take you home. We can only accept it, though we don't understand why! Rest on beautiful, prayer warrior, child of the Almighty. May God console Bassey and your beautiful children . May His loving arms wrap them in love and May he give them peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen. You will be dearly missed 💔 😢 😭 -Mrs Magdalene Anozie (Da Uloaku)

  • Although I didn't get to meet you personally, words of your dedication and loving nature echoes through the land. I worked with and was mentored by your loving husband and all I can say us thank you for being the pillar of strength to the family. May God bless your soul and grant you eternal rest as you journey home. My condolences Dr Bassey. Yusuf Adelakun, Calgary, AB.

  • I just got a link revealing the news of this great loss Dr. Bassey, may Almighty God strengthen you and give you the fortitude to bear the loss, may her soul rest in perfect peace. From Lola Kazeem NTBLTC, Zaria.

  • My beautiful, brilliant, brave friend ❤️❤️❤️. It's hard to accept you've gone so soon, hard to figure out why God called one of His Generals home so soon💔💔💔. You were a queen👸🏽👸🏽, handling even the hardest things with grace and poise. Thank you for all you did for me, I'll never recover from the love you showered on me, mothering me. Thank you for being a model wife, mum, Christian and professional. I wish I could be there to hold your hand one more time😭😭😭. I'll miss you forever my dear loving and generous friend 🤗🤗💐💐💐

  • To my beautiful cousin , inside and out . Fare thee well as you go to rest. You have been taken far too soon . You always think there is more time 💖

  • My dear, very hard for me to pen my words down. Am still in shock IJ. Can't believe, its real. Oh IJ. You worked soo hard, loved your family without reserve. I learnt alot from you sbout the institution called marriage. Fare thee well my friend. Had the urge to call you the week you departed, how I wish I did. You will be missed. Goodnite my dear. Till we meet at Jesus feet. Petronilla

  • There was once an angel who walked upon the earth. She was beautiful inside and out. Related with everyone irrespective of age or social status. Everyone whose paths crossed with hers had a story of how different she was. Ijeoma, you were indeed a rare breed. Personally, we connected on so many platforms and you always knew to say the right words. My heart is so broken at your passing I wonder how those closest to you are dealing with your absence. Thank you for blessing the world with your gift. Thank you for the opportunity to know and love you. It was truly an honor.

  • Ijay, words fail me. Learnt of your demise. You were a go gether. Focused.. learnt alot of life lessons from thee. Virtuous woman that loved her family and did all, sacrificed to keep her family. We love you, but God loves you more. Rest on dear friend till we meet at Jesus feet. Adieu and good night. From Pee

  • It saddens my heart to hear about the demise of Madam Ijeoma. Though I never had the opportunity to meet you one on one in person but the way we spoke on the phone multiple times right from when we started preparing for our CSMLS exam we wrote together in February 2020 up until when we both got jobs as MLT and how we shared our experiences on the job is something that I won't forget in a hurry. How you gave me audience whenever I beckons was just remarkable. Your CMLTA license of 2022 is even paid for and ready hoping 2022 will be a better year but God chose to call you home. You were such a kind and wonderful person, always ready to offer assistance to newcomers to Canada. We don't understand why God allow some things to happen but we can't question His authority. As humans we feel sad and bitter about situations like this but as Christians we have hope in the resurrection morning where we shall all join our loved ones with the saints in heaven. Madam Ijeoma was a living saint while with us but we may not have acknowledged it. May God grant her soul eternal rest and grant the immediate family the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable lost. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult moment. Dafe Ojevwe Calgary.

  • Just heard from a friend Dr Bassey! God will strengthen you and your family in this period. Accept my heart felt condolences. Dr Ayodele Awe WHO

  • Hmmm Aunty Ijeoma I can not believe I am writing this about you ,words fail me . You are very kind person ,you did for me what even close relatives could not do i will forever be grateful to God our paths crossed. I know you are in heaven singing with the angels . Give my mum a hug from me . God be with you till we meet again!!!!!!!!

  • Ijay, words fail me at this point. I look for the tears cos I need to accept this. It just hit me that this is true because I have to share my memory of you. We were in School together but first met during ur little man's birthday. You shld see him now. We moved into same Estate at Minfa2, Lokogoma and became sisters. We prayed together, shared our thoughts, ideas, experiences as teens while we took our daily morning walks. You coached Benny in Maths for his Common Entrance and even taught him how to take his personal jottings while he read. I missed all these when you and the children left for Canada in 2016. We spoke last on your birthday and you were in my thoughts of recent; I should have made that call... I am now putting my memories of you in prints. It breaks my heart ❤️ but I am comforted because I know you are in Heaven. Rest in peace, Ijay Basi till we meet to part no more. .. -- Tochi OGAR (Abuja-Nigeria)

  • Words cannot describe the pain I feel. IJ you were more than a friend to me. You were my confidante, my sister from another mother. We met at University, we were together with Ify and Onyi in the hostel. We reconnected in Abuja and our friendship continued. Distance did not hamper it in any way. I always admired your optimism and complete faith in God no matter the situation. I believed God always answered your prayers because you were special to him. I always asked you to pray for me, to pass on some of your blessings to me. You are indeed special, that is why God has called you. I believe in my heart you are in heaven. I know it is difficult to stop crying now, but we shall pray to God for peace to accept his will, just as you would have encouraged us to. Your love and hardworking ethics shall continue to shine through in the lives of Irene, Emmanuel and Jesse, as the seed you cautiously sowed in their lives shall continue to flourish. IJ I can still see your lovely smile, I can still hear your unique voice and infectious laughter. I keep waiting for my phone to ring so we can catch up on our gist, talking for hours on end. Please keep smiling as the angel you are. I pray that Bassey, your Mum, siblings , friends, colleagues etc , find the strength to bear this. Like it says in your favourite Bible verse from the book of Isaiah 26:3 - "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is kept on you because he trusts in you." Indeed You are at peace my dear friend, because your trust is in our God. You will be greatly missed but forever loved in our Hearts. Love you loads, Fiola xxxx

  • At church, I loved to play around with you and call you the most beautiful. I realize now that I wasn't merely playing around. I really thought you were beautiful through and through. I'd call you "my beautiful aunty Ijeoma," and your face would light up. You always looked so unique and beautiful. You carried yourself with so much grace and class. I remember telling you one day that if I don't look as beautiful as you do when I'm your age, I'm fighting lol. You modelled selfless love through your life. On our last young adult convention at church, we talked about "what I would say to my younger self." You said you'd tell your younger self to take your friendships more seriously. Aunty, looks like you took them seriously o because everyone is saying you were the one friend who stayed in contact with everyone. So intentional and persistent in excellence. You also advised us to know God individually. You practiced what you preached, aunty. The last time we texted, you allowed me to bother you with questions and at the end of our conversations, I said "what would I do without you." Your reply was "Love you too 😘." Looks like I have to do a lot without you, but I'm glad we got to share that sweet little moment before you went home. I hope you know that you remain beautiful to me. You were such a bright, beautiful star. My consolation remains that we'll see each other again. See you later, my beautiful Aunty Ijeoma. - Praise A. Adekojo

  • Ijay, words fail me here. Still looking for the tears cos I can't come to terms with this new phase of life. I think of the children and the tears rolls down, cos I understand what they are passing through at such a young age. I remember we met for the first time at your boyfriend's first birthday; though we were at Unical together. But since then, it had been like we had known each other a long time. We all moved into Minfa Gardens II Estate, Lokogoma, Abuja same period and we became sisters. You coached Benjamin and Emmanuel in Maths when preparing for Common Entrance and even taught Benny how to read and take down his own jottings. You were always there for me in many ways than you could imagine. We prayed together and God answered us; we shared experiences and ideas even while we took our early morning workout. I remember when I came to see you a night before you and the children left for Canada and one of the dogs jumped on me as I was leaving; we all laughed at the way I froze and I still laugh whenever I remember that incident. We always spoke on our birthdays and every other time. I missed you while you left for Canada and I miss you even more now, my Bootcamp partner. Benny & ur boyfriend, Kamsi misses you too but, we know you are in a better place cos Heaven just gained an Angel. Ijay, till we meet again to part no more. ---Tochy OGAR.

  • It's so hard to believe you are gone, but we know you are in a better place. You were such a beautiful soul. May God comfort your family and give them the strength needed to carry on. Rest in peace Aunty 🙏.

  • I would not forget that day you offered to take me on a dinner date, we talked so much and I remember wishing that my mom were alive so I can have dates with her because I enjoyed that date so much. The food hit different that particular day. You talked about the plans you had for your children and how happy you would be to see them excel in their individual fields . Aunty Ijeoma I love you dearly and as much as it's still sad to hear about you passing away, I'm happy to know that we'll meet again someday and there will be no pathing again.

  • Fast track as I fondly called you . A name you earned as the best tellers while we worked together at Diamond Bank PLC Abuja. Prompt , meticulous and Cheerful. Beautiful soul ,warm,kind, efficient and diligent . Always smiling even under immense pressure at the bank, Smart ijay. Your demise is a rude shock but heaven has gained a precious one. My condolences to the entire family . Adieu Fast track. Nike Okoronkwo

  • In times like this, all we can do is look up to God as only him knows why..... Your time on earth though short but you touch lives in a very positive way, you were a virtuous woman, always smiling and jumping in to help whenever the needs arises. Sis Ijay thank you for all the wonderful things you did. You will be missed. Rest on in the blossom of the Lord.

  • Dear Dr Bassey, please take heart. The Holy Spirit will comfort you and the children. Death is the debt we all owe and we all must prepare to meet our creator by making sure we have Jesus who overcame death as our Lord and Savoiour. GOD will keep you Brother & the children and be with you. Accept my sincere condolences.

  • Still in shock, that I am writing a condolence ....... Oh Ijay, you were a colleague at IHVN turned friend and sister. Always ready and willing to help, from my abroad transactions, to official and to spiritual matters. Our last conversation was so calm and full of sister to sister counsel, just to be told you have passed on. May the Lord comfort your husband and children. Rest on dear Ijay till we meet to part no more.

  • Our paths crossed in the University of Calabar when we were admitted into the same department of Medical Laboratory Science, we became coursemates and friends. The relationship continued in Abuja till you left for Canada. I won't forget your constant persuasion for me to relocate to Canada with my family. You are such a beautiful fellow with a very good heart. Always willing to render a helping hand even when it is not convenient for you. I found it very difficult to write RIP for your IJ

  • IJ it is hard to believe that you are gone. I know for sure that you are in heaven. Rest in peace Good women

  • It's still so hard to believe that you have crossed over to meet our the master. It wouldn't have been what I intend to hear anytime soon, but who are we to question our maker. Ijay, you were a really rare breed. Always ready to lend a helping hand and willing to support others where necessary. May God comfort your entire family . I'm certain they will never lack help. I pray earnestly that God will fill the vacuum you have created in Jesus name, Amen. Rest on sis till we meet at the master's feet. - Francisca Badiru

  • Ijeoma, still in shocks and last we chatted, didn't know the time was that close for you to depart this part of the veil. I am heart broken, anyway I cannot question God because He knows best. My condolences goes to Dr Bassey, Ije's husband and the children, it's only God that can comfort you all. God will wipe away every tears and above all the consolation is that she has gone to meet with her Creator. May her soul rest in peace Amen. Rest on dear. Abiola Tubi. Abuja Nigeria

  • I don't know Ijeoma in person but I heard her story from friends and it touched me. We may not have any explanation of why this happened but God does. My prayers go to the little Angels she left behind. God will show them the ways of motherless ones. May her Gentle Soul Rest in Peace with the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen🙏🙏

  • It was such a huge shock to hear about Ijay's homegoing. We worked together in IHvN in Abuja and moved þo Canada about the same time with our families, although to different provinces. As a colleague, she was very efficient, reliable and hardworking. As a friend, caring, down-to-earth, open, warm and always wanting to help others. Her family, her kids always came first with her, she put her all to support them and was proud of every milestone and achievement they made - a super mom and an inspiration. Our loss is heaven's gain! My prayer is for the family to somehow find the heart to carry on, be comforted knowing she is in far better place and for peace that cannot be explained. Rest on, sweet angel. It was a privilege to know and be inspired by you. Charity Omenka

  • We met so early in your career. You were amiable , very easy-going and hardworking too.This is a rude shock, an irreparable loss. May your gentle soul rest in peace in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

  • What a difficult world to understand , the day darken at a blink of an eye. Ij was a wonderful person always willing to help. May the Lord grant you grace in His kingdom for all your good works. Rest In Peace with the Lord. Nzurumike Austine

  • My sincere condolences. May her gentle soul rest in peace and may God comfort her family.

  • Ijeoma was a colleague at IHVN, she was a beautiful person, she was indeed dedicated to family, relationships and work. May God rest her soul and make it easy for her husband and children, family and friends. Amen. Fati Murtala-Ibrahim

  • Ijeoma, ever smiling even in a difficult situation... I remembered our days in the Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria, your excellent skills in handling Laboratory based technical trainings... Your contributions to the strengthening of Medical Laboratory practices in Nigeria cannot be forgotten, you saved many Nigerians' life through your passion for your profession and really dedicated your energy to improving Medical Practice here and in Canada where you based. God knows why He called you home to be with Him at this time. We all miss you but your good works live forever in our hearts. Ijay, continue resting in the Lord. Adieu till we meet to part no more! I pray God to strengthen your immediate family and us all friends you left behind. Good night Ijeoma. -Sunday Odeyemi

  • The news of your departure was hard to comprehend. Such a sweet soul. Continue to rest in God's bossom. May God envelope your family with all the love they need at this time and always. Imoh (Unical)

  • My dear IJ, you were such a beautiful soul inside out. All I remember of and have to say about you is good things. You were always willing and ready to help even when it wasn't convenient for you. You dedicated your last years months, and days to serving God and people. You showed by your actions that anything that is worth doing is worth doing well even if it means spending your personal money and going out of your way to achieve it, even for others. I am sure the good lord will decorate you beautifully in heaven as you decorated his church here on earth. You were a good friend. I can truly say I miss you and I pray that God in his infinite mercy will uphold the family you left behind. Good night my love and sleep well!!!

  • Kindly rest in perfect peace until we meet to part mo more. Towuru

  • Ij you always had the exclamation it's a lie! It's a lie! When you were astonished or surprised at something.... That was the tearful exclamation I made, couldn't believe it was true, but was comforted when Angelo my 6 years old son told me to stop crying and just be patient because I will be meeting you in heaven one day. Indeed you were too smart and intelligent on earth to miss heaven, you inspired me for the past 22 years since when you came to Jos for your internship, I watched you evolve into greatness. God if faithful and will not let your family down, you can Rest In Peace my friend, my sister, colleague. I wish you could answer my calls let's have some of those our funny talk.... I will miss you To God be the glory as we should give Him thanks in all things, and I know that is what you will like us to do though it hurts to loose you😢 I

  • Sister Ijay as I liked to call her was a beautiful human being who connected with people of all ages. She was a good Christian and served God in the little capacity she found herself in. She did it happily 'come rain, come shine'. Before I got married she would always pray for me that I would find a good wife because she said I always made myself available to the church and to people. I remember she would cook on holidays and ask all the youth and church people to come and eat. She gave me good advice and prayed with me when I was about to have an interview with AHS, my current job. I remember we were both hanging Christmas ornaments in church with her children when after I told her about it we prayed. I was very shocked when another friend confirmed that she had passed. Her last act the night before was showing up for a family who needed help and that's how I know she is in heaven. Sleep well my friend, till we meet again.

  • Beautiful, smart,kind, peaceful,graceful, prayerful and loving Ijeoma. What can I say? Words have actually failed me ( you probably are laughing at that right?). The tears are not stopping. I might not understand God's hand in all this but I will trust His heart because I know that heaven has gained an angel. Ij you were simply a beautiful soul and I thank God for his grace that he placed upon you in your lifetime. You have left way too soon but God knows best. I pray that the Holy spirit the comforter will comfort your family and friends and that God's peace that passeth all understanding will be upon everyone that you have left behind. Adieu Ij. Rest in peace in the bossom of our savior Jesus Christ.

  • This news saddens me greatly. I was honoured to know Ijeoma when she was taking classes through SAIT. She was one of the kindest students and I very much enjoyed our conversations and visits. May you rest in peace, beautiful soul.

  • Madam Ijeoma as we fondly called her was one colleague that turned to a dear sister and friend. Always ready to lend a helping hand and offer words of encouragement. Having her as a friend was one of the best things that happened to our family. Our only solace in this difficult time is that you're now resting peacefully in the bosom of our Lord. It is our prayer that the good Lord grants your lovely family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

  • It's so difficult to perform this task . It's so painful 💔 to shear our memory. All I can say at these trying times is that IF THE LORD DID NOT PERMIT IT, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN ALIVE . Continue to rest on until we meet to part no more. Your beloved brother Emma uvere okoro.

  • May the Holy Spirit comfort and her entire family that she left behind ..

  • Ijay my dear friend, full of life , wise and ever prayer full. You will be deeply missed on this side but I draw comfort from the fact that you are resting in God's bossom. May God comfort and strengthen your family at this time.

  • Worked closely with her at Asokoro research laboratory, Abuja She was articulate and dedicated She will be greatly missed. May God strengthen her family and loved ones, Amen GEM Investment LTD

  • I remember how it all began in fggc kazaure, then I visited you at airport road in Ikeja in Lagos before uni days, then Facebook and WhatsApp brought us together again I remember my expression at the news of your relocation to Canada and at your steady progress, death where is your string We shall meet again by his grace at the masters feelt

  • Ij my heart bleeds at your been gone so soon Why do lovely good people go so early Continue to rest in the lord's bossom Till on the last day at the masters feet Adieu

  • Ij I still find it hard to know you are gone, I will always remember your timely kindness to me when I needed it most, it was a great blessing to me cos it was timely and I was in great dear need You were a channel of testimony to me The lord grant you eternal rest Your memories will always be cherished

  • Ijeoma was a very easygoing and easy to work with personality, she added value not only to work, but also to relationships. We all at the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) miss her sorely. May the Almighty God comfort her dear husband, Bassey and her children who you loved with all her being. Rest on, dear sister. Charles Olalekan Mensah, COO/MD, IHVN

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