Esinam Safo, 1979 - 2011
Esinam Safo, a national of Ghana, was a UN Volunteer for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
She died on 4 April 2011 aboard a UN plane which had been on a flight from the north-eastern city of Kisangani. The plane crashed as it tried to land amid heavy rain and high winds, at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa (DRC).
She joined MONUSCO in May 2009 and worked as Air Operations Assistant for the mission in Goma, the country’s troubled eastern city.
To all who knew her, Esinam was a selfless and caring friend who would lighten up the room with her sense of humour.
“Esi, as affectionately called by most of us, was an Ewe from the Volta region of Ghana”. “She had a very good heart and would crack jokes even in her most stressful moments, saying, ‘Nyame dey igo be,’ which means, ‘By God’s grace it shall be well,’” said a friend.
“She was a person with character, with morals and values. She was the person everyone got on with, exceptionally likeable and never failed to leave an impression with anyone that met her,” said a fellow Ghanaian UN Volunteer.
Esinam obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honours from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
For eight years, she served in the aviation industry and became a skilled worker. She started as a check-in agent for Ghana Airways from August 1998 to December 2001 and moved up to become a Customer Service Supervisor for British Airways until March 2005. Subsequently, she joined Virgin Nigeria Airways, working first as a Ticketing Officer and later as Sales Support Executive, a position she held until her recruitment by UN Volunteers in May 2009.
Esinam is survived by her mother, brother and sisters.
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The above tribute was first published on iSeek (the UN's Intranet) using information provided by field missions, the Departments of Peacekeeping and Field Support and OHRM, as well as comments shared by colleagues in conversations, email messages, and media accounts.