IBRO is saddened by the news of the unexpected passing of Mrs. Abisola Adetutu John-Caleb. She and her colleagues from the Africa Young Scientists Ibadan Team (Nigeria) had won one of the first IBRO/Dana Brain Awareness Week grants last year, and she led the organization of the 2020 BAW event this past March. She was loved and respected by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

Abisola’s friend and colleague at Lead City University (LCU) in Ibadan, Nigeria, and fellow Africa Young Scientists (AYS) member, Mr. Yusuf Ekundayo Mustapha, has written the following words on behalf of AYS:

With heavy heart, we announce the death of Mrs. Abisola Adetutu John-Caleb (DOB: 13 May 1987) who died yesterday, April 1, 2020. She died of childbirth complications. Until her death, she was the acting head of the Department of Anatomy at Lead City University (LCU), Ibadan, Nigeria.

Abisola was a tenacious and an exemplary leader with a unique personality worthy of emulation. She was an epitome for women in science. She was a selfless, hardworking, transparent and visionary young Scientist. She successfully coordinated the Africa Young Scientists (Ibadan Team) until her sudden death. She led the Africa Young Scientists team to organize the 2020 Brain Awareness Week before her departure. Abisola’s death is a great loss to science and humanity. Africa Young Scientists will forever miss her for the indelible legacies and culture that she left with us.

‘Abisola was a great friend and sister.  She was strong, fun to be with, lovers of all, brilliant, talented, gifted and a great administrator (my HOD). Her kind is rare, so matured, so emphatic, a giver, a down to heart fellow, a great scientist, a teacher par excellence, very accommodating and always wanting progress for all. Her display of humility and wisdom wonders me. She lived 33 years of life as if she lived for 80 years. It is hard for me to say rest well. Live on a giant, my sister, friend, confidant, my gist mate. Thank you for giving me a roof on my head for one and half years without complain or grumbling. Even in death I love you. All the lives you touched, your hubby, your loving parents (Dr. & Mrs. Akande), the little baby girl you left with us and the entire family and colleagues love you. Live on Abisola’.  Olufunto Adeleye, Member of AYS, friend and Abisolas colleague at LCU, Ibadan.

This is what Dr. Phillip A. Adeniyi, the founder of Africa Young Scientists said with regard to this painful loss, ‘Abisola was very committed, hard-working, and a lovely young scientist with a passion for personal development. As the coordinator of Africa Young Scientists (AYS) Ibadan Team, she was wonderful and we all will miss her’.

Yusuf Ekundayo MUSTAPHA

Download the full AYS tribute letter here