In Memoriam - Mrs Felicity Ukoko
Mrs. Felicity Aliana Ukoko
Champion Midwife Who Saved the Lives of Countless Mothers and Babies
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) deeply regrets to announce the sudden loss of our dear colleague and friend, Mrs. Felicity Aliana Ukoko (née Mapuvire), who passed away on Sunday 15th October 2017.
The news of Mrs. Ukoko’s passing has come as a devastating shock to all those who knew her personally and professionally. Felicity had a burning passion to improve the profession of midwifery and to ensure that Nigerian mothers got the best care possible during pregnancy, childbirth and in the years that follow. Those who had the good fortune to work closely with Felicity will never forget her devotion and care.
This passion led Felicity to join the Foundation in 2015 as Head of Advocacy and Midwifery, a role which she used to successfully champion our Mamacare Antenatal and Postnatal Programme in Abuja, Kwara and Lagos States. Her outstanding diligence and experience as a midwife in the UK, combined with her insights into maternal and child healthcare meant that she was both highly effective and widely respected.
WBFA’s Founder-President, Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki, has spoken of Felicity’s life and legacy:
“Felicity was an excellent midwife of considerable experience and significant repute, a committed colleague, whose actions not only helped embed midwifery at the heart of WBFA’s vision, mission and programs, but also saved the lives of countless expectant mothers across Nigeria through WBFA’s MamaCare Antenatal and Postnatal Program, which she designed and implemented so successfully.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, and we pray for strength and courage in these difficult times.”
WBFA remains committed to Felicity’s memory and legacy of ensuring better health outcomes for mothers and their babies through our work in Nigeria and across Africa.
Her Excellency Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki has been in contact with Mrs. Ukoko’s family to ensure that they are fully supported at this toughest of times.
Mrs. Ukoko is survived by her devoted husband, Jonathan Ukoko; her daughters, Melissa and Nasha, her mother; siblings and other family members.