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

USAfrica: Amidst tears, agony, late Don and Nkem Okoro get Houston, diaspora farewell event
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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 , Facebook.com/USAfrica247 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 nurseUSAfrica: Amidst tears, agony, late Don and Nkem Okoro get Houston, diaspora farewell event  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

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/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn  

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Forthcoming 2015 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, SECURITYUSAfrica: Amidst tears, agony, late Don and Nkem Okoro get Houston, diaspora farewell event, 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. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn         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 https://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

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