It is the another heart rendering story of a passage and the associated rites, this time for Mrs Maureen Mimidoo Fateh, (nee Tarka), a quintessential case of a quiet but noted successful challenger of cancer with what her friends now call a “great courage, infectious optimism and an unshakeable belief in the ability of God to change any story”. The late Mrs Fateh who died December 25th, 2017 is scheduled to be laid to rest Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at Tse Apeh Fateh in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State.
She was diagnosed with terminal cancer early in 2017. She chose not to bother anyone with her burden although she sought and obtained the best medical options available to her, according to a brief profile of her in circulation and made available to Intervention.
Although her last days in hospital were no longer spent fighting the cancer which had been successfully isolated in a German hospital but a viral infection contracted shortly after her return from Germany in December 2017 which hampered her ability to eat and take medication. She is survived by Fateh Apeh Fateh, her husband and Nguher, Nguemo and Ngutor, their three children.
Born May 12th, 1964, the late mother was the fourth and only female in a family of seven. Formal education started at the Kaduna Capital School in 1969, followed by admission into the famous Queens College in Yaba, Lagos in1975 and entry into the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1980 and admission to the university’s law degree programme the following year. She was at the Nigerian Law school from where she qualified to practice, after being admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. Her National Youth Service Corp year was at the Federal Ministry of Justice Lagos where she was a Pupil State Counsel.
Moving to the Benue State Ministry of Justice in 1986, it was not till another six years before her career took the next turn in 1992 when she was recruited as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser at National Properties Limited (later NICON Hotels), a subsidiary of NICON Insurance Limited, introducing her to the world of corporate legal practice. In 2002, she attained the rank of Deputy General Manager at NICON Hotels Limited before being appointed an Alternate Director at NRIMSCO Properties Limited, erstwhile owners of the Hilton Hotel in Abuja in 2004.
Her time with NICON came to an end in 2008 when she left the corporate arena to enter into private enterprise by taking up a partnership with Legal Options & Co. Dunamis Chambers while also incorporating Zadoo Foods, a project she envisioned as a catering cum food processing enterprise.
Her profile writers also disclosed how she devoted time to developing and empowering people with greater intensity as well as becoming more involved in church activity within her local assembly Dunamis International Gospel Centre at Throneroom Trust Ministries in Kafanchan and well beyond.
The rites of passage for her started Thursday, January 4th, 2018 with a Service of Songs/Evening of Tribute at the International Conference Centre Peace Park in Abuja. This is before her body departs from the Garki Specialist Hospital, Abuja for Benue State on Friday, January 5th, 2017.