USAfrica BrkNEWS: TRAGEDY! Houstonians DON OKORO, wife NKEM killed in Nigeria.

USAfrica BrkNEWS: TRAGEDY! Houstonians DON OKORO and wife NKEM killed in Nigeria.
By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfricaonline.comCLASSmagazine,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 and Twitter.com/Chido247

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USAfrica: The Nigerian community in the Houston, Texas area, are gripped with anguish and anger following another major tragedy. Mr. Don Okoro and his wife Nkem, well known members of the community and residents of Katy (near Houston), were dead from a fatal car accident while fleeing from armed robbers or as initial information indicated shot to death by armed robbers a few hours ago on Saturday, December 13, 2014. 
A 2-year old daughter of Nkem’s sister also died.
Sadly and painfully, it happened a few days after they left Houston and arrived Nigeria, USAfrica can confirm, for the burial of a much younger family member. And, possibly stay for Christmas.
 
The couple has five children, one of them Jennifer who 23rd-anniversary-Logo_USAfrica23was born in 1988 died of cancer-related issues on December 26, 2010.
 

Don, a businessman, hailed from Mbano while his wife was a nurse   from Umuahia.

USAfricaonline & CLASSmagazine (Houston)  have been reliably informed by a close family contact of the bereaved family that the killing occurred near Asaba in Delta State.
At the time of this USAfrica report on Sunday, December 14, arrests have not been made on the case by the Nigerian Police. 
 
The problems of insecurity and poor enforcement of public safety remain twin challenges for the federal government of President Goodluck Jonathan and most of the state governments. Several Nigerians returning from the U.S, the UK, Canada and other parts of the world have been killed by armed robbers.                                                                                                There has been a massive outpouring of condolences and remembrances about Don and Nkem; many on USAfricaonline.com and especially on Facebook.com/USAfricaChido                                                                          Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com appears as an analyst on CNN, SkyNews, etc. Follow him on Twitter.com/Chido247
VIDEO #CNN special #CHIBOK Girls n #BokoHaram Live intvw wt the Founder of USAfrica multimedia and public policy networks Chido Nwangwu. CNN anchors John Berman n Michaela Pereira.  

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.   http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/

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Forthcoming 2017 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives
Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.      e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary, exclusively, at USAfricaonline.com http://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

USAfrica: BOKO HARAM’s latest killings sharpen divide for security team at Nigeria’s presidency. By Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2013/10/21/usafrica-boko-harams-latest-killings-sharpen-divide-for-security-team-at-nigerias-presidency-by-chido-nwangwu/

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Dancing with “ghosts” of BOKO HARAM, President Jonathan, Sultan Abubakar and Nigeria’s national security. By Dr. Chido Nwangwu
http://usafricaonline.com/2013/04/05/dancing-with-ghosts-of-boko-haram-president-jonathan-sultan-abubakar-and-nigerias-national-security-by-chido-nwangwu/

Margaret Thatcher, Mandela and Africa.  By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com. Click for newscast video of London-based SkyNEWS, the global, 24-hour British international tv network’s interview with USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu on April 11, 2013 regarding this latest commentary http://youtu.be/G0fJXq_pi1c )

There’s a compelling political trinity to Nelson Mandela: the man, the messiah and the mystique. http://usafricaonline.com/2013/07/18/mandela-95-hearty-cheers-to-his-footprints-of-greatness-by-chido-nwangwu/

#Achebe USAfrica Founder Dr. Chido Nwangwu gets award for his works on #ThingsFallApart author Chinua Achebe from ASA-USA Dallas. Chido is completing the book on Mandela & Achebe: Footprints of Greatness. by Chido Nwangwu ISBN 978-0-9893970-0-1. www.MandelaAchebeChido.com

198 COMMENTS

  1. Awh! This is baaad! This is awful! My heart weeps for the family. And the children, sooo sorry please kids. God please deploy your angels to take over.

  2. May their souls find peace with lord. May God grant their kids the solace to mourn this irreparable loss. Let us keep the children in our prayers always. Chei

  3. This two couples are full of life and they love everybody that come in contact with them , lord you know best please give them a better home in heaven, and protect the children they left behind , the people that is involved with this tragic dead please father God pay them back with their own coins in jesus name , rest in peace my friends mr and mrs okoro

  4. What a shame and senseless loss of lives I bet u it might be those from the area that did it .I do not know how the politicians in power are all running to be elected when there is no simple security if all theGovernors will work together ask Gov Obiano how he did it .These wicked evil humans will not be found in Nigeria.May the gentle souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.

  5. “As John pressed the security button a voice queried to know who he was. He recognized the voice to be that of his older and only sister, Chimamaka. He was pleasantly surprised. Chimamaka, like his two older brothers was resident in the United States of America. Although he knew that she was supposed to be home this Christmas for her Ipa Nmii Ukwu, traditional wedding, he never expected her home at the beginning of November. He responded in an excited tone that it was he, Chimeremeze, using his Igbo name, as was their convention in the family. He could sense that Amaka, as they fondly called her in their home, could not contain her joy as she struggled with the series of corrugated security barricades that had become a feature of most homes in Nigeria. It struck Amaka that these obstacles were scantily there four years ago when she graduated and left for the States. Their reinforcement to serve as a form of protection must have been due to rising violent crimes they have read about in the US, in which on a number of occasions Nigerians visiting home from abroad had been victims.

    As she opened the second to the last protector, she prayed silently that this did not become her portion or that of her loved ones. She realized that in the absence of a social security scheme to ameliorate the pains of rising unemployment and mass poverty that she had noticed since arrival, coupled with a notoriously corrupt, ill-trained, poorly paid and poorly equipped police force, anyone could fall victim. She had seen newspaper banners screaming of banks being raided in broad daylight. It did seem to her that no one was safe anymore as such reports always indicated that police teams were usually outgunned during such incidents, if they responded to emergency calls at all. And she tried to cast the security concerns out of her mind and to focus on embracing his sibling whom she had not seen in the last four years. And that moment came. And she flew into the waiting broad arms of his brother. ‘Boy, you have grown so big,’ Amaka complimented him. ‘Thanks, I am surprised at your robust looks too, and you were the last person I expected to find here,’ John responded, with a broad smile playing on his face.” From Tears Of A Country – Nkem Ekeopara, 2002, Caine Prize Nominee, 2003. May the souls of Don Okoro and his wife, Nkem rest in the bosom of our Lord.

  6. Chineke mere anyi ebere. Mmadu agaghi alazi be nna ya bikonu. May God grant them eternal rest, and console those they left behind especially their children!!

  7. This is the reason many don’t think of coming home supposed they are here would they have died. Africa if not evil way it will be of gunshot. Na wa. R l p

  8. Chai, what is this biko??? May their souls rest in peace, and may their killers know no peace even in death, Amen.

  9. Donald Okoro also has a daughter Dawn Uchenna Okoro with whom he escorted her down the aisle in marriage November 8, 2014 in Austin, TX

  10. This is not only sad; it is heart-breaking to say the least. This was an amiable and lively couple. May their soul rest in peace.

  11. Here in Nigeria is the headquater of blackpower with highest ramote control.U must not be afraid of coming home but u must cloth itself with influence of the Holyspirit and with Blood Jesus Christ to able walk round save. I just want to bring to ur knowledge that only Jesus Christ can keep u save in Nigeria. Let their soul rest in peace

  12. Here in Nigeria is the headquater of blackpower with highest ramote control.U must not be afraid of coming home but u must cloth itself with influence of the Holyspirit and with Blood Jesus Christ to able walk round save. I just want to bring to ur knowledge that only Jesus Christ can keep u save in Nigeria. Let their soul rest in peace

  13. VERY SAD AND HEART BREAKING, MAY THEY REST IN PERFECT PEACE IN THE BOSOM OF THE ALMIGHTY. ETERNAL REST GRANT TO THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM, MAY OUR GOOD LORD GRANT THE FAMILIES THE FORTITUDE TO BEAR THE IRREPLACEABLE LOSS.

  14. Sad story indeed. Beautiful innocent couple. Our memory of them lingers on. Keep their family and loved ones in prayer. May they rest in perfect peace, and rejoice in the presence of the Lord.

  15. This is very sad. May their souls rest in peace. Those who did this must receive their punishment even beg for death to take them.

  16. When you take a pig out of the dirt, it is still a pig, I think Nigeria will never change. May their souls rest in peace.

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