Amidst tears, late Don and Nkem Okoro get diaspora farewell

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USAfrica: Amidst tears, agony, late Don and Nkem Okoro get Houston, diaspora farewell event.

By Chido Nwangwu.

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

The greater Houston African community and from across the U.S friends of the deceased Don Okoro and his wife Nkem gathered during the cold, wintry night of Friday January 23, 2015 at the All Saints Anglican Church in southwest

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Houston to bid farewell to the beloved couple.

As I made my way through the venue, I saw tears flowed among family members and the agony of the deaths were written on the mournful faces of the guests. For many from the almost 500 persons who came, the feeling of disbelief remained obvious. The versatile mc for the event was Ben ‘Dombrayer’ Ibe who balanced tradition, contemporary realities with the solemn underpinnings of the wake.

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 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

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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 was born in 1988 died of cancer-related issues on December 26, 2010.
Don, a businessman, hailed from Mbano while his wife was a nurseAmidst tears, late Don and Nkem Okoro get diaspora farewell  from Umuahia.

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

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 https://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/