Obituary: Dr Fateemah Tumsah

Written by Dr Tumsah’s friend and fellow alumnus Theodora Ogharanduku

It is with deep sense of loss that we announce the passing of Dr Fateemah Tumsah, whose sudden death occurred on Thursday the 17th of September in a ghastly motor accident in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Until her death, Fateemah – as she was fondly called – worked with Pathfinder International where she was involved in several reproductive and sexual health projects and programmes. Fateemah joined Pathfinder in September 2012 after successfully completing her Master’s degree programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she studied for the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health.

Fateemah Tumsah was passionate about her work and made immense contributions trying to improve the lives of women and children in Northern Nigeria. Her friends and colleagues attest to her dedication and deep commitment to improving the reproductive health of women in northern Nigeria where we currently have the worst reproductive and sexual health indicators.

She had an amazing personality rivalled by only a few. She had a loving and kind heart and was eager to help anyone in need. She had an amazing sense of humor and had the habit of filling every place with joy and laughter. She was indeed a star who lightened up every dark place; there was never a dull or sad moment with her.

Fateemah was instrumental to the establishment of a School Alumni chapter in Nigeria and dedicated her time to ensuring it was functional.

She was also involved in several charitable events and made remarkable contributions to charity organisations working to improve the living conditions of people displaced by the Boko Haram crisis in the north of Nigeria.

She will be missed by her family, friends and colleagues and all who ever came in contact with her. Encomiums continue to pour from all parts of the world as friends and colleagues express their sadness at her sudden passing away. May her soul rest in perfect peace.


  1. Ibrahim Mamadu

    It truly is a great loss of a passionate, capable light in a zone of the world where her talents were truly needed. We will miss her dearly.

  2. Stephanie

    May your gentle soul rest in perfect perfect peace Fateemah!!!!

  3. Stephanie

    May your gentle soul rest in perfect perfect peace Fateemah!

  4. Mohammed Kati Machina

    My sincere condolence to the family and friends of Dr.Fateemah.May Allah have mercy on her soul and grant her Aljanna Firdausi,ameen!

  5. Aisha Idris Muhammad

    May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.ameen

  6. Jamil Suleiman

    May her soul rest in peace….Amen…

  7. Ibrahim Nazaradden

    We will dearly miss her. Rest In Peace!

  8. Emmanuel Tarfa

    A great lost to our family…
    To me Doc. Tumsah (as I call her) has always been a sister.. friend.. pal.. associate..
    Am still left with the shock that she’s really gone so soon (but God know better)..
    She did love her job and we always discussed about it when ever she’s back from those trips..
    She is missed and will Really be missed in our life’s as FAMILY……
    Doctor… Continue to Rest in Peace.. that No man can Give… My Dear Sister and Friend…

  9. kemigisa margaret

    So sad she went too soon. May her soul rest in peace.

  10. Colin Butler

    I am saddened to hear this, including that the risk of traffic accidents may be little better than when I was in northern Nigeria more than 30 years ago. But I am heartened that LSH&TM graduates are working to counter the pernicious effects of Boko Haram. I hope others will be inspired by the work of Dr Tumsah.

  11. Thomas C. NCHINDA

    I am saddened to read about the passing of such a remarkable person who went through the School long after my time and I did not have the pleasure of meeting. May her sould rest in peace in the House of God

  12. Thomas C. NCHINDA

    It is sad to read about the passing of such a dynamic person rendering such invaluable service to her people. May her soul rest in perfect peace in the House of God

  13. Ijeoma Idaresit

    May she rest in peace .