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Two Nigerian Teenagers get Life Sentences for the Murder of a 17 Year-Old in the UK

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Kwame Ofosu-Asare

“Everyone gets stabbed, everyone gets shot. Everyone dies, everyone goes to jail, that’s how life is.”

That was the chilling statement made by Nathaniel Okusanya, 19 who along with his friendNelson Idiabeta, 18, killed Kwame Ofosu-Asare, an innocent 17-year-old student in March this year after mistaking him for a rival gang member. At the time of the murder, Okusanya was 18 while Idiabeta was 17.

Kwame just happened to be “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and was stabbed 14 times in the back in a ‘cowardly and merciless’ murder by the two young men.

According to Daily Mail, the pair were members of the TN1 gang – Trust No One – out to avenge one of their member who was stabbed by a rival gang member from the GAS gang – Guns and Shanks – just hours earlier. They had toured housing estates in Brixton to find rival gang members and came upon 17-year-old Kwame and his friend, who had nothing to do with any gangs. He was a sixth-form student who moved to London from Ghana in 2002.

Kwame, a business student, promising footballer, a budding actor and rapper, was walking back with a friend from a session at a recording studio when they were confronted by Okusanya and Idiabeta in the Moorlands Estate in Brixton. Hours before his horrendous death he had gone to the studio to record a track which he dedicated to his mother. Kwame and his friend with a ‘sixth sense’ ran away into a cul de sac where his friend’s aunt lived in a desperate attempt to get to safety – but she was not at home. His friend managed to jump over a wall but Kwame was trapped and then killed. He was violently attacked suffering 14 stab wounds, three of which penetrated his lungs and one his liver.

He shouted out he was from Catford and pleaded “I’m not from round here, I’m not from round here” but he was murdered by the pair who were out to avenge their friend, Stewart who was stabbed on the top deck of a bus in West Norwood.

Nelson Idiabeta & Nathaniel Okusanya

When police searched Okusanya’s home, they found photos of three other murder victims – Abukar Mahamood, who was shot dead aged 16 in 2007; Sadiq Adebeyi, 25, who was shot dead in May 2011; and Nana Darko-Frimpong, 16, who was shot dead in June 2011.

Okusanya told police they were all his friends and added: “Stabbings happen everywhere… it’s how life is now. Everyone gets stabbed, everyone gets shot. Everyone dies, everyone goes to jail, that’s how life is. In a typical black area, people get stabbed, people get shot, people die.”

After an Old Bailey jury found the pair guilty, they were jailed for life. Idiabeta was jailed for life with a minimum recommendation of 19 years while Okusanya was jailed for life with a minimum recommendation of 20 years.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

52 Comments

  1. kikelomo

    December 19, 2012 at 3:54 am

    This is very unfortunate…..it is a pity….tooooooo baaaad.

  2. purplepearl

    December 19, 2012 at 4:02 am

    My heart truly bleeds. How can a mother recover from the shock that her son dedicated a song to her and died the same day? Life is not fair.

  3. Wurs

    December 19, 2012 at 4:27 am

    God punish u two.

  4. HABBA

    December 19, 2012 at 4:38 am

    this is what happens when u dont train ur kids! people would be doin “oh my son was born in yankee/ jand” all that is rubbish! after all of you would be cryin when they dont give you VISA

  5. Omg eeee

    December 19, 2012 at 4:46 am

    O mase o,see their faces ,they,still were not remorseful after all,it seems they had prepared their minds to go to jail,they should be stabbed slowly till they die and feel the pain.hope they have fun in jail.May the boy’s soul rest in peace

  6. Nkan be

    December 19, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Omg!…. Wonder the kind of parents they have.i think parents of all these culprit should be punished too so others could learn more lessons on the need to bring up their kids in the right way.poor helpless soul,may he rest in peace

  7. Chummy

    December 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

    My heart bleeds for the dead.

  8. ochuko

    December 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

    They should be castrated like dogs

  9. luqman

    December 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Nigerian parents in diaspora needs to be bringing their kids back home for adequate training bcos work has taken most of their daily routine to the extent that they don’t have time for their family.
    When British born of Nigerian descent (Ohuruogu, philips idowu) are doing good for UK, they would never attach them to their people but when the case is reversed, British Nigerian would now turn to Nigerian. OK oooo!
    Omo to da ti Britain ni, eyi tio dara tiwa ni.

  10. mulikatcardoso

    December 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

    they are nigerians kill another nigeria,and get life jali,good nigeria govt,should learn from this .they have lose their own life too,by killing 17 yrs,and they end up in jali for life,very good news, and may the soul of the die RIP

    • Bleed blue

      December 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Lawd have mercy! WHAT?!!

    • BlackAngel

      December 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      It’s toooo early in the morning to read your confusion, wtf are u saying and its jail not jali.

  11. cb

    December 19, 2012 at 7:54 am

    It’s unfortunate. A lot of Nigerian parents slack in their parental duties nowadays. And its not just the ones abroad. Even the ones here in Nigeria are never home. Many are always chasing after the Naira. It is house helps that are raising the kids most of the time. Nigerian parents need to wake up.

  12. OMG!!!

    December 19, 2012 at 7:58 am

    “Everyone dies, everyone goes to jail, that’s how life is. In a typical black area, people get stabbed, people get shot, people die.”
    What!!! The freak is not even sorry! That guy died like a chicken. He was not even a member of their gang. I’m sure his friend that escaped is yet to get over this.
    God save us

  13. bunmi

    December 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

    “Everyone dies, everyone goes to jail, that’s how life is. In a typical black area, people get stabbed, people get shot, people die.”

    Hmmmmm this guy has no conscience at all, for a 19 year old to make that statement…. i wonder what he would do when he turns 30 or 40.

  14. Idak

    December 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

    There are some suburbs in the UK (London, in particular) that you need to move out of once you kids are over 8 or 9 years old. If you can’t afford to move out, send your kids home until they are due to do A-levels or get into Uni.

    • Felicitibelle

      December 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

      I totally agree with you. Moreover, black parents need to sit down and check/rearrange our priorities in life.

  15. chic

    December 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

    At 40 , they will kill their parent.

  16. Retrochic

    December 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

    am so freaking horrified, jeez. that is dark, Jesus pls find him, WOW, may the soul of the innocent guy rest in peace

  17. hauwa

    December 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

    this is the era of the sendless generation.children burn in d 90s. truly depressing… “every one dies” Really, where are their mothers? what kind of values were instilled in these boys? its frightening.

  18. sugaplum

    December 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I wish they were given a death sentence! As bad as that may sound, I think that’s what they deserve, ‘cos they still have a life, even if it’s behind bars. The poor dead boy, was’nt even given that chance. Such a pity.

  19. hauwa

    December 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

    *born

  20. X-b

    December 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

    God hv mercay, “these kids are disgrace to d families. Nigerian parents should make a rethink on how and where to b train dire childred.

  21. Lil Miss

    December 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

    No remorse…..life in prison is a luxury these two do not deserve.

  22. Omo

    December 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Guy on the right has the face of a real killer!!

  23. Angela Dickson

    December 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Dat is all about Nigerians, sad stories. May God help.

  24. Miriam

    December 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

    That is why, the UK should bring back the death penalty. Prison doesnt mean anything to such people. In fact, they are safer, well taken care of in prisons in the UK, than on the streets. It’s like a holiday, and it teaches them nothing. 20years he is relased, and he will go back to his gang.
    Sorry to say, i will get a lot of flack for this, but lets not be blind in the name of being politically correct. All over the world, anywhere black people congregate, they spread posion everywhere. Prisons are full of black people. From North America to South America to Europe, to Asia, ah ah. Some parents too can not be bothered. Why will you willingly live in such communities? These people, if you give them the chance to leave that neighbourhood, they wont. Even for the sake of their children, they wont. Please, no one should tell me that’s what they can afford, because that’s BS. Those that have moved out of such communities for the sake of their children, don’t have two heads, neither did they win the lottery. They are parents who know what making sacrifices for their kids mean. I’ve done charity work in some of these neighbourhoods, and you need to see the expensive stuff they have in their homes. If you can afford to buy such, you can afford to leave this place, relocate to a safer neighbourhood, and give your children a chance at least to make something of their lives. For a lot of kids in such areas, a life of crime is almost default, like its been programmed into their brain. The government can’t help everyone, that’s where parents come in. The government didnt get you pregnant did it? I’ve spoken to some of these parents, why can’t you leave here, and they say, that’s all they’ve ever known, that’s what their parents gave them too. If they can go through it too, whats the big deal, that their kids shouldn’t. Are their kids special. They love living here despite its problems, and they have no intention of moving. Slavery mentality. A large proportion of your kids are either in jail, in morgues or int he ground, and you cant be bothered.

    • Damie

      December 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      I so agree with you on the black people thing. It is a sickness. The sooner we admit it, the better for us.

  25. her

    December 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    why do people automatically blame the parents for a childs actions??…. kids can have great parents and turn out bad or they could have horrible parents and turn out great.
    Don’t assume it’s their parent’s fault because behind that individual there may have been loving and caring parents who tried everything to change their child’s behavior.

    RIP KWAME

  26. Daisy

    December 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Two Nigerians kills an innocent Ghanaian. Tht should have been the title. Insulting humble and mild mannered Ghanaians isn’t enough. Nigerians think they r the best thing to come out of Africa but the rest of the world think differently. Bragging and crime should be ur middle names.

    • BlackAngel

      December 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Daisy really you want to insult all Nigerians??? You should go about your way because Ghanaians commit crimes just as well. look at the higher rate of successful Nigerians that aren’t criminals , these two douche bags do not represent the face of Nigeria….you know what, sit d fuck down and shut up with both hands with ur disrespectful ass.

    • Daisy

      December 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Insult all Nigerians u wrote? Isn’t tht wht you guys do so well? Oo so now it hurts. Where exactly? Take an overdose of a pain killer. U ok now? Now a short assignment fr u. Click on th Ghanaian actress pic right here on this website n check d comments.Everything must be a competition fr u pple. We see pics of ur pple wearing night wears to day time events. Apart frm tht confused Juliet Ibrahim, who amongst those featured are tht so badly dressed tht it shd attract comments abt Ghanaians’ dress sense? Im not from Gh but i’ll choose them anyday. So humble. So mild tempered. Admired everywhere. The truth hurts. Stop generalizing and others might just do same. Bragging and Crime shd be ur middle names I repeat.

    • BlackAngel

      December 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      ……Since I cant reply to your last ridiculous response, I will post here…..
      If you are not even Ghanian then what is your problem. So you wan drink panadol for someone else’s headache? Nothing you have said make sense. The people you named I dont even know. A great case of mind your own business. In regards to the most important topic……May Kwame Rest in Peace.

    • Hmmm

      December 28, 2012 at 1:40 am

      Daisy, you are not addressing the matter at hand. We are talking about youths who have lost all sense of reasoning and killing innocent people for nothing. It is not a Ghana/Nigeria thing. We are talking about people’s kids, not national conflict. After all, Nigerian kids have been killed in UK b4 and we didn’t turn it into a war with the UK. eg Damilola Taylor. Pls keep such opinions to yourself. That is not the subject matter. May the soul of the departed rest in peace.

  27. tito

    December 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    speechless!

  28. ajikegold

    December 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    “Everyone gets stabbed, everyone gets shot. Everyone dies, everyone goes to jail, that’s how life is.”
    This boy should come and do his term in Kirikiri or Alagbon

  29. Funmi

    December 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    It is so disturbing to even look at the pictures of these monsters. They are giving themselves and their household a bad name, not necessarily all Nigerians. There are Nigerians in Diaspora that are doing very well for themselves, but all thanks to good parenting. I am British born myself, and I am happy to say that I have had a great upbringing, despite having hard working parents. When growing up, I used to wonder why my parents were so strict and took us back home so frequently, but today I understand and thank God for the upbringing they gave me.
    I have not only heard, but have seen aunties and uncles giving their children no upbringing at all. Some do not even work day and night, but believe that as they’re in a country that is so “free”, they can do whatever they want, forgetting where they came from. It is not only the children who get lost, but the parents do too.

  30. BlackAngel

    December 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    My heart goes out to this aspiring young man. Justice has been served to the suspects and may Kwame rest in perfect peace. This world is not a safe place. Parents can only try to raise their child and teach them well and pray society doesn’t misguide them

  31. Purpleicious Babe

    December 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    This situation is called Black to Black Crime.

    There are just certain places that condone and regularly practice such atrocities in Britain.

    Sometimes it is not even the parents, some of them dont even have one cos they are parents either dumped them in the UK to stay with relatives or some of the parents got deported or some of them just couldn’t care less.

    I think community should do more, esp our faith community i.e. Christians. I know some pastors do try and go out of their way. God will continue to bless them.

    This just a case of many that hurts and painful but caution has to be taken. Brixton and other deprived communities are known for brutal killings so there you go. Before you come UK, research and ensure you are equipped. NO going home late in the nights, avoid places to be seen and dont look suspicious. abi even with all that, they can still attack the innocent. My solution continuous walk with the Lord and prayer.

    Poor boy his life just snatched away for reasons that is beyond flimsy but I pray God comforts his mother and help our youths out. This stain is just becoming unbearable…

    • Purpleicious Babe

      December 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      oo pardon the gbagbaunz….

  32. Bunmi

    December 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    evil happenning every where, the world is gradually coming to an end soon

  33. Odior

    December 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This boys were born and raised in the uk, that’s the life they have known, gangs, drugs and the rest……….it’s sad now cos their folks are Nigerian and we have to be rubbished all the time. It’s just a shame

  34. ehh excuse you

    December 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    who is saying bring them to Nigeria for proper training?????? what of aluu4 lynchers?? what of kidnappers?? are they not in Nigeria??? abeg abeg i even know more prostitutes in Nigeria than the ones here..

  35. Don't worry

    December 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    All of you should go sick your mum nelson is a food and calm boy who was forced to this by peer pressure I remember Playing nelson he would never touch a fly but yet all u – are talking like you know him it was the other boy who did it he was just their so stop chatting -.

    • grace

      December 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Don’t worry please shut up abeg. he couldn’t hurt a fly then but has taken a human life now. so wat u going on about? we judging based on the now not based on whether he took or couldn’t take a fly’s life and the ruthless statement he made

  36. jyde

    December 20, 2012 at 1:23 am

    The wrong place at the wrong time.Thats what always happns to innocent victims.
    My son was in the UK,in north london, walkin to his mums at 8pm,in the summer time,still light,on a busy road in upper st/rd.A busy main road,not even in a bad area,when a car stopped,two youths 18+,armed with what he described as giant knives came straight at him.
    Gods grace made a third person in the vechile shout,”its not him,he just looks the same,he’s just been seen elsewhere”.
    For the grace of god,my sons life could have been taken at 15years of age.
    Ironic,but his mother thought nigeria dangerous,and his holiday in the uk to be safe and harmless.
    The same week, a teenage boy,same look,with glasses and height,was slain,in a diff area.
    My son read in a newspaper the descripton of the vechile and it matched the vechile which his would be attackers had been driving.
    They were caught,and had been searching,driving round seeking revenge,on a particular boy,brother to an enemy.Senseless violence by misguided evil youngesters.
    A lost generation, without positive parental guideance exists.Children killing children.
    With the lords help,they wont kill any of our children.I pray for all our innocent well trained,innocent hard working children.
    The wrong place at the wrong time.
    God is great,may he continue to protect and bless our priceless children.

    • Idak

      December 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

      I thank God for your son.

    • jyde

      December 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Thank you,i praise god daily for his deliverance and protection.For nijah we stay aware,but abroad the black on black crime is being commited by youngsters,whos parents know better but seem too busy or arent inclined to save their children.
      Our priceless childrens safety and future is in our hands no matter where we live.
      Heaven forbid we neglect our responsabilities.
      Godbless

  37. AL

    December 20, 2012 at 6:37 am

    So damn stupid, youngsters talking nonsense about been in gangs and talking about life been all about killing, UK is merciful.

  38. olabeemaself

    December 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    im soo disappointed nathaniel oluwaa oooooo we were both in the same class ooo jeusssss he was in my drama class are u kidddingg mi some 1 telll mi okunsanya aint true dis guy is fucked in the brain you get life nathan is 19 he suppose to start university in january. are u kiddinjg mi okunsanya same guy i knew bk in skool – noo even wen he was a good actor that we have acted together and paired up together i cant believe this life is sad

  39. truth hurts

    April 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    he was not even born in uk!!! bastard son of a devil! he was brougth here and hes the nephew of KAS the artist

  40. Sarah

    July 11, 2013 at 12:12 am

    This is a very late response. For those of you that are saying children from the UK are not trained well, you are missing the point. No matter what country a child is raised in, they will face the obstacles that come. Nathaniel is just another male that has been caught and trapped by the British system. I know him personally and I can tell you for a fact he is not how they have portrayed him to be. Nathaniel lives in an area where there is a lot of crime. His friends have been killed and they have all been harassed by the police. Those of you saying or thinking his mother didn’t try, I also know her and she is a very hardworking lady who would have been heartbroken to see this happen to her son. Nathaniel used to be soooo protective over his sister and looked after her so well. Unfortunately, this happened and he was led astray. Those of you living in Nigeria should know this can happen to anyone. Look at the rich man who’s son turned out to be a bomber. You can not say the father would not have tried to lead his son to the right path. I’ve been to Nigeria and I’ve seen perfect children turn around and go the wrong way because of various reasons. I’m not taking nathaniels side because he is my friend, what he did is totally unacceptable, but I think we should consider other factors. I also know, the young boy that was murdered was not all he is painted. Not to speak ill of they young man, but why would he be mistaken? It was in daylight. The boy had connections to an opposing team and became a target although he was not in a gang. We are all disappointed, but this whole training in the UK and VISA topic is sooooooooooo out of order

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