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So today i am sat in a van with a couple people on the way to visit 3 projects in 2 days. Our departure was a little delayed as when we got to the office, we heard news that one of our Nigerian colleagues had died in the night. She was our finance co-ordinator in the office and I hadn’t had much interaction with her as she had been Ill for a lot of the time I’ve been here. But she was a lovely Christian girl, excellent at her job, loved and respected by everyone in the office.
Odd to walk into that situation with 2 visitors, not knowing how to deal with it myself let alone help them understand what is going on. I think nigerians are a little more in touch with their emotions that us Brits, and I am probably even worse than the average Brit. There was a lot of crying and praying. The entire office was about to leave at the same time as us to go and visit her family and pay respects – I’m pretty sure that I would want to be left alone. At this moment I have no idea what sort of funeral / burial arrangements are like in our area, or even when they are to happen. Nigerian independence day is tomorrow and a public holiday on Monday – I guess I will have to wait and see how that works out.
Pry for her family. Pray for the office staff. Pray for wisdom in how to deal with our financial year end process.