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 and

USAfrica: The Nigerian community in the Houston, Texas area, and well-wishers 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_USAfrica23
was 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 and especially on                                                                          Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet appears as an analyst on CNN, SkyNews, etc. Follow him on
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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. “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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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


  8. Heow! So so sad! Does it mean that one should not visit home again? What a pity and may their souls find peace in thy lord! And may their families be able to keep strong with this unbelievable lost.

  9. This is tragedy. The entire family is wiped out. I used to know Don when he was young. Before he travelled to America in the seventies, quiet and unassuming. He came to bury his younger brother Emma only for him to meet his untimely death. God should give the family the fortitude to bear the loss

  10. Probably won’t make any difference. Truth is we are going to be hurting for a long time for the death of our own very sweet couple – bro Don and wife Nkem. We are all heartbroken for this. I don’t care whether robbers or accident. We are truly hurting. May their soul rest with the Lord as they exit. Wao.

  11. Chido Nwagwu needs to set the records straight, please. He needs to investigate his story b4 going to the press. They were not shot by armed robbers. They died in a car accident. We are already hurting nd devastated by their tragic deaths, so Please do not add ur own twist to it. Nkem nd Don will be missed forever..Horrible, Horrible thing to have happened.

  12. My dearest Aunt you watched me and my siblings many days and nights so my parents could work. Your home was my home during my childhood. My heart is shattered in a million pieces. Two angels called home to meet their angel Jennifer. I will always love you. And remember you. Rest in perfect peace

  13. Enemies of progress…how can people be so wicked..may the food lord punish those that are responsible for this very wick deed….how can us here in the states and else where want to go back of fear of never making it back…they do away with those trying to better that country…so sad and the president do nothing about this..choi we just need to put everything in the hands of God…I pray it will never be well with those responsible for everyone shall give account….for our doc and his beloved may they rest as for the kids, in God hands we place each and everyone of you…

  14. This is horrible news. It does however happen almost every day in different parts of the country. It is not unique to returning persons. One of the model families in my hometown just had the 5th son snatched in the hands of armed robbers in Okada, Edo State. May their souls rest in peace.

  15. Heartbreaking to say the least! May their souls rest in perfect peace n may God console n take care of their kids! I never even heard of them till now but I am sad at this kind of senseless loss that we are forced to bear in our country! What a shame!

  16. Chudi Ugwu Why are people so stupid and callous? Why are humans idiots? Who the hell are these animals clicking the LIKE button on this kind of news?
    2 hrs · Unlike · 2 Chudi Ugwu,take it easy.

  17. People traveling across the shores to Nigeria, have to be very careful. There’s a wrong perception that this hooligans have that international travelers carry dollars. Whereas a lot of individuals living in Nigerian are wealthier with more liquid cash at their disposal than Nigerian citizens resident in the US. It’s a distorted psyche for bandits in most 3rd world countries. We all have to be very careful when traveling. This is the truth.

  18. May their souls rest in perfect peace,and may those who murdered them not see d end of this yr 2014 Amen,as they like cutting short lives,may their lives be taken from them within a twinkle of an eye,in Jesus mighty name I decree Amen

  19. What a sad news!! That a couple went to bury a family member and met their own death? How can this be explained to their innocent children? That both of their parents got killed in their own country? This is really horrible… Lord please give their children and their entire family the courage to bear this great loss. May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace, amen.

  20. Unfortunately and unbelievable. …..who would have thought going home to your motherland will be a death sentence. May the almighty God accept their souls. May the Lord continue to guide and protect the lovely children they left behind in this wicked world. Let’s rally around as a community to help, protect and be there for their children …’s like I’m dreaming and can’t wake up. Lord have mercy! !!!!

  21. Deeply sad & soooo heart broken, Don & Sister Nkem are gone just like that. Oh no! Fb friends & family we believe there’s more to this & we will continue searching for answers. It’s terrible that you are not safe in your mother land, then where else will you run to. Our thoughts & prayers goes to her children & siblings. It’s soooo painful.

  22. This could happen to the best of us. The road to full freedom for Nigeria will start with the respect for public safety as well as Law and Order. How could they have known going home will end their lives? May their souls rest in peace.

  23. I am still in shock over the tragic loss of my good friend Nkem and my Uncle Don. I will surely miss my good friend Nkem both at work and at home. – Emily Ezechigbo

  24. Sad and painful. May they both rest in peace.
    Nigerians everywhere must unite, in our collective grief, in demanding accountability from the government, at all levels, for security of lives and property. Why is there so much lawlessness, mindless banditry, and callous murders in Nigeria?
    It is pitiful that we are – at the dawn of the 21st century – trapped at the bottom of the “hierarchy of needs” as described by Maslow.
    A government that cannot and will not adequately provide for the (most basic) safety need of its citizens ceases to be legitimate.

  25. This so devastating, incomprehensible and unbelievable! My heart hurts, aches and bleeds for the families of Don Okoro and Nkem Aguocha-Okoro, especially the 4 immediate children left to mourn this terrible and senseless loss. RIP, For real already. I still this is another bad dream. May God accept Don and Nkem into his Kingdom in Jesus mighty name!!!

  26. Words cannot describe the pain we have for the loss of this fine couple. Wao. Bro Don and beautiful wife, Nkem. Wonderful people. The Mbano community is sooo devasted. We are dumbfounded. May there soul rest in peace.

  27. Nigeria we hail thee our own dear fatherland, but over a long period of time l have been very sceptical about that praise. If l cannot be safe in it l wonder how dear she is to me and all of mine. Nigeria must be fixed from WITHIN and only by and ABLE leader. Don/Nkem RIP.

  28. Must there be a killing? Take whatever u want and let them go!!.. Why the execution? Why? This is getting too much.. Just too much!. Armed robbers are armed for a reason. When they are caught, they should be sentenced to death, whether they killed their victims or not. If it serves as a detterent to even one robber, then it is worthwhie!. Gosh!!!….

  29. Must there be a killing? Take whatever u want and let them go!!.. Why the execution? Why? This is getting too much.. Just too much!. Armed robbers are armed for a reason. When they are caught, they should be sentenced to death, whether they killed their victims or not. If it serves as a detterent to even one robber, then it is worthwhie!. Gosh!!!….

  30. What in this world are we going to do with this group of callous and wicked Nigerians?? This is not what homecoming should be….Nigerians in diaspora have always been targeted in a country we proudly call our own. MAY THEIR GENTLE SOULS REST IN PEACE.


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