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Sakara Kemilla

May 26, 1945 - July 26, 2021

Sakara Kemilla was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 26, 1945. She was the second child born to the late Louis Todd and the late Jamie Cobbs and granddaughter of the late John Harry Cobbs and the late Margaret Coleman Cobbs. Sakara is survived by Shiloh Todd, Raheem Todd, and grand-daughter Aliaa Todd.
Sakara leaves to celebrate her life and remember her legacy a global village of healers, light-workers, a host of dedicated loving friends, and multiple adopted families.
Sakara came to us as a Spiritual BEING, an ordained minister who immersed herself into a plethora of spiritual disciplines and “fringed” self-development technologies. She held a Bachelors of Divinity from the Universal Brotherhood Movement, Inc. In addition, she mastered an array of spiritual and metaphysical disciplines, achieved the highest level of training in the yoga science of Kriya from the Self Realization Fellowship, which was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in the 1920s. She enjoyed singing and dancing to various types of music such as Jazz, Reggae, R&B, and Soul. In particular musical entertainers such as Sarah Vaughn, Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane and Bob Marley. “Nana” always embraced her World Heritage.
While raising her sons, Sakara put herself through Oberlin College, where she earned a Master’s degree in Women Studies. Sakara went on to contribute significantly to the Oberlin’s student and faculty consciousness and experience by exposing the community to an array of African diaspora education and musical opportunities.
She was an internationally known a healer, educator, and metaphysical facilitator specializing in Dowsing, Biogenesis, Reiki, Spiritual Hygiene, IChing, Aura-Soma Color Therapy, Bach Flower and Essential oil remedies, Life-Coaching, Traditional African Divination, Ancestral Healing work, and the Past Life Regression Process, Hypnotherapy, and Women’s Health to name a few. 
Sakara founded Cultures and Consciousness African Art Gallery and contributed her divine energy to the Karamu House, the first and oldest black theater located in Cleveland Ohio. In 2012 Sakara was the featured honored guest at the World Healers Conference in the ancient city of Teotihuacán, Mexico.


Nana Sepatna Sakara Kemilla
“We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
“The first ‘dis-ease’ of the human spirit is separation. It is a source of all the subsequent physical, mental, and spiritual maladies of the human experience.”
These are two of the most enduring teachings shared by our beloved Sakara Kemilla. The spirit of Nana Sepatna, as she was so affectionately known, emerged into human form in this earthbound realm on May 26, 1945 on the ancestral lands of the Erie People, now known as Cleveland, Ohio.
In the tradition of the Dagara People of Burkina Faso, it is held that each of us as spirit sought and asked to come into being in this human form for the specific purpose(s) and precisely at the times in which we find ourselves. And with the process of “being born” comes the “forgetting” of that spiritual self and purpose. The ensuing living and learning, in essence, becomes our path to “re-membering” both.
Following the genealogy of her mother’s lineage, beginning with her great grandmother, also a healer, Sakara Kemilla acquired her depth of discernment and began to remember. As a young child, she saw her grandmother stomp her foot and say ‘CHANGE!’ and realized the power of intention. From the age of four, she knew and told people that she was going to heal children. This was the beginning of Sakara’s metaphysical journey. A journey that would take her all over the world to learn and teach the truth of our spirits’ human experience.
Grounded in the deep, profound meditation practices of the Self Realization Fellowship, Nana was guided to synthesize her formal training in wisdom and healing traditions from across the planet. Sakara’s expanded wisdom and intuition, connected with the work of her Spiritual Guides, the Angels, and the Ascended Masters has served to promote and enhance the healing of all those with whom she worked.
Sakara taught us how to consciously evolve from the traumatic experiences on this planet and to know that the real reason for taking form is to bring our Celestial Spirit into form. Her mission has been to achieve a fuller realization of her genius, to activate the genius in others, and to pass on the baton as the race for the return to forever continues. On July 26, 2021 the hand-off was completed. Dearest Nana Sepatna, Thank You for coming and remembering.
As her spirit rises as she joins the host of our revered Ancestors, she leaves to cherish her memory: her sons, Shiloh and Raheem; soul daughter, Amani; and a host of celestial souls with whom she continues to be precious, present and connected.
To the great and supreme creative forces which made the earth, the heavens, the sea, the sky, men and women, animals, birds, creeping and swimming things, all that is and all that shall be, the ancient people of the Nile Valley gave the name Ntr (ne-ter). In profound gratitude and respect for the same, it is commonly proclaimed Dua Ntr n k (doo-ah ne-ter en ek), “I Thank Creation for You!” And upon the transition of those among us who have been, it is also proclaimed MaaKheru [Is True of Voice].
Nana Sepatna Sakara Kemilla, Dua Ntr n k
Sakara Kemilla is MaaKheru

Order of Service:

The Miracle Prayer – Tybro (Dr.Mitchell Gibson)
Dr. Wanda Giles
Pouring of Libations/Musical Selection
Asantewa Ishangi
23rd Psalm
Glenn Singleton
Dr. Ruby Ababio-Fernandez
Anthony Reese
Nana Speaks (Audio)
Tribute from Rev. Dr. AdaRA L. Walton
Read by Amani Dawson
Julissa Darden
Camileh Sembene
Glenn Singleton
Dr. Ruby Ababio-Fernandez
91st Psalm
Tosha Saunders
Final Transmission
Dr. Wanda Giles
Celebration of Life Tribute Closing

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021

Time: 11:00 am


Altmeyer Funeral Home – Riverside Chapel

7415 River Road
Newport News, VA 23607

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