Mystery, anguish surround sudden death of Tee Emmanuel Loomma, 24-yrs old Houston-based Nigerian in El Paso, Texas
USAfrica: As the El Paso Police department’s detectives continue their investigations, family members, friends of Tee Emmanuel Loomma, 24, the first son of Mr. Beenen and Mrs. Comfort Aderanti Loomma, of
Houston, Texas are wondering what caused the painful and tragic death of the young man.
As at the time of this USAfricaonline.com report on Thursday March 28, 2013, the Police is yet to offer any definite clues on the circumstances which led to his death.
The young Emmanuel, who was fondly called “Tee” by immediate family and friends, was born on September 8, 1988 in Ojodu, Lagos, Nigeria to a Yoruba mother and an Ogoni father. The entire family of 5 immigrated to the United States in 1999.
Tee was an Honor Roll student at Roy P. Benavidez Elementary School, Jane Long and O’Donnell Middle Schools in HISD and Kerr High School in Alief ISD. He also attended the University of Houston for two years where he was admitted into the Engineering undergraduate program.
Commenting on the family’s sad loss, the grieving father, Beenen Loomma, a native of Bera in Gokana LGA, Rivers State informed USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine correspondent in his house that, “My son was intelligent, personable and very respectful. Tee’s dream was to be an Engineer. … He was the family’s handyman who fixed everything from our home appliances to our cars. I could confidently take a trip out of town and know if anything was broken in my absence, it would be fixed.”
For his part, the younger brother, Samson Loomma said he “learned a lot from my older brother and we were happiest when we were playing video games against each other. … My sister and I are going to miss our older brother.”
Additionally, Mrs. Comfort Aderanti Loomma, mother of the deceased said “Tee was smart, intelligent and loved his friends and family and had never been in trouble. He was so kind that his school mates would come to the house to thank us.”
The family has made the following arrangements: Wake keeping at the family home: 8:00 pm Friday March 29, 2013 at 6335 Garden Trail Court, Houston, TX 77072. He will be buried on Saturday, noon March 30, 2013 at the Forest Park cemetery 12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77077
Tee Emmanuel Loomma worked as an Emergency Medical Technician with Force EMS during the last three years. The cause of death has not been determined pending the results of autopsy examinations.
Second and critical clue should be to figure out and ascertain why Emmanuel Loomma had to travel 670 miles by road from Houston to El Paso, Texas last week. It seems a critical angle…. By Chido Nwangwu, the Publisher of USAfrica and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com, and LT Nordee, contributing editor of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine.
Long Live, CHINUA ACHEBE! The Eagle on the iroko. By Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University, is the Publisher of USAfrica and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com
Africa’s most acclaimed and fluent writer of the English Language, the most translated writer of Black heritage in the world, broadcaster extraordinaire, social conscience of millions, cultural
custodian and elevator, chronicler and essayist, goodwill ambassador and man of progressive rock-ribbed principles, the Eagle on the Iroko, Ugo n’abo Professor Chinua Achebe,joined his ancestors a few hours ago, at the age of 82, in a peaceful and graceful transition in the warm company of his family.
Reasonably, Achebe’s message has been neither dimmed nor dulled by time and clime. He’s our pathfinder, the intellectual godfather of millions of Africans and lovers of the fine art of good writing. Achebe’s cultural contexts are, at once, pan-African, globalist and local; hence, his literary contextualizations soar beyond the confines of Umuofia and any Igbo or Nigerian setting of his creative imagination or historical recall.
His globalist underpinnings and outlook are truly reflective of the true essence of his/our Igbo world-view, his Igbo upbringing and disposition. Igbos and Jews share (with a few other other cultures) this pan-global disposition to issues of art, life, commerce, juridical pursuits, and quest to be republicanist in terms of the vitality of the individual/self.
In Achebe’s works, the centrality of Chi (God) attains an additional clarity in the Igbo cosmology… it is a world which prefers a quasi-capitalistic business attitude while taking due cognizance of the usefulness of the whole, the community.
I’ve studied, lived and tried to better understand, essentially, the rigor and towering moral certainties which Achebe have employed in most of his works and his world. I know, among other reasons, because I share the same Igbo ancestry with him.
Permit me to attempt a brief sentence, with that Achebean simplicty and clarity. Here, folks, what the world has known since 1958: Achebe is good! Eagle on the Iroko, may your Lineage endure! There has never been one like you! Ugo n’abo, chukwu gozie gi oo!
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Mandela, others send tributes mourning Achebe
The death of the grand-father of modern African literature Prof. Chinua Achebe is drawing several messages from some of the world’s leaders, Nigeria’s president, his friends, contemporaries and writers.
A statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa has been sent to the family of the late renowned writer Chinua Achebe. It conveyed, on behalf of the Chairperson, Board of Trustees and staff of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, “our condolences to the family of Prof. Chinua Achebe, a great African writer and thinker, who passed away on 21 March 2013 at the age of 82.”
Nelson Mandela, a friend of Achebe’s and an avid reader of his works, notably once referred to Prof. Achebe as a writer “in whose company the prison walls fell down” — a reference to Mandela’s 27 years in apartheid South Africa jail.
Both men are known for their principled positions on issues of justice, opposition to bigotry, discrimination and commitment to fairness to all persons and support for progressive pan Africanism. By Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University, is the Publisher of USAfrica and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com
Eight lessons of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. https://usafricaonline.com/2009/11/01/chido-8lessons-rwanda-genocide/