As a child Nee Lante ‘aka’ “Sasraku” had some favorite phrases like: “what I have said I have said", and "when the sea dries, we go by land" Robert Nee Lante Lamptey, was born in Accra, Ghana on February 11, 1956, to the Late Joseph Nee Oko Lamptey and the Late Elizabeth Addy. Nee-Lante grew up with his mother, grandfather, and sister, Joyce at the Adabraka house on Castle Road in Ghana. As children he and Joyce were playing in front of the house on Castle Road when he was hit by a speeding driver. He was thrown into the air, a terrifying experience. As the fighter he was, he survived that terrible accident. He and some of his siblings were baptized at Akuafo Hall, University of Ghana-Legon. Before the ceremony, he and his siblings were playing near a fishpond when he fell into the water. He was baptized soaking wet in his white suit. Nee-Lante was spoiled by his grandpa, and he knew how to convince him to give money for movies at Adabraka Park Cinema. His favorite movie then was “Quo Vadis”. Nee-Lante watched the movie multiple times. He was later joined by cousins at the Adabraka house. They spent Saturdays going to “Mangoline” at Asylum Down. On one of their mango collection endeavors, they were chased by dogs. Nee-Lante, the youngest, was bitten badly by one of the dogs. Of course, they all got in trouble for it Nee-Lante attended Adabraka Methodist elementary and middle school. He and his sister Joyce later joined the “Young Pioneers” which had evening meetings at the school. Being protective of his siblings, Nee-Lante would take off his shirt and take on anyone who tried to mess with Joyce. At the Adabraka neighborhood, everybody knew not to mess with “Nkor”, Nee-Lante’s sister. He taught her to ride a bike on the busy Amugi-Avenue Street. In 1966, his mother was transferred to Sekondi –Takoradi where he continued with his middle school education at Adenbra Government School in Sekondi-Takoradi where he lived with his late mother Elizabeth Addy who then was working at the Nurses Training College, Effia-Nkwanta Hospital. He proceeded to the Agona-Nsaba Secondary School, where he sat for his General Certificate Examinations. French and Agricultural Science were his favorite subjects in school. During his secondary days he always taught chis family and friends French during the school holidays. He was a king sportsman and had a special passion for ping pong ‘table tennis’ in which he participated actively and competed with distinction at the regional level and also represented his school in the inter school sports. Upon completing his secondary school education successfully, he then proceeded to Accra Municipal City Council and trained as an Accounting Assistant with the Omnibus Services. For several years he was their main bookkeeper for their stores. Robert was a very principle man, stern and often kept to himself. A man of very few words, he never suffered fools gladly, and anyone who tempered with him will meet the wrath of man. Nee Lante loved all kinds of music. especially, hymns and canticles, but he also enjoyed contemporary music such as the Ghanaian Highlife and songs that brought meaning and anecdotes to life. His two favorite artists were Mr. AAA (Akwesi Ampofo Adjei) and Mr. Adofo, the 2 veteran kings of Highlife. Mr. Amakye Dede's albums were always conspicuous in his collection. Although a Ga man, Robert was very fluent in the Akan language, thanks to his early education in predominantly Akan areas. Nee Lante had a soft heart for kids and would equally straighten them should they be tempted to stray from the way of discipline. Robert endured whatever came his way and was on dialysis over a decade. He was able to enjoy his life however without complaint. He would go to work, travel on vacations and did his best with what life offered him. When his sisters left for the United States of America, Nee-Lante wrote long letters and sent long voice recordings over the years, re-living childhood escapades. He left his native Ghana to settle in the United States of America with his elder sister Mabel in 2006. He arrived in the United States not feeling well. He was diagnosed with kidney disease and had to start dialysis. He and the sister Joyce travelled to North Carolina, on a long road trip to see her first Grandchild. He was proud to be a Great Uncle/Grandpa. On a church visit in Lanham, Maryland one Sunday, he stood up and went for the Altar Call where he received Jesus as his Savior Prior to his emigrating to the United States, He visited the United Kingdom in 1986 and spent time with his baby sister Kim with whom he enjoyed a very cordial relationship. Whiles in the United States, Robert worked at Food Lions in Maryland before relocating to Alexandria, Virginia. Robert loved his country of origin so much so that he paid regular visit Bi- annually there, where he loved interacting with his friends and extended family. Chief Mourners: Onukpa, Digaden Nelson (Head of Family); The Reverend Nat Attuquaye Okai; Lt. Colonel (Retired) Seth Mark-Okai; Dr. George Nee Oko Lamptey; Ms. Mabel Quarcoopome; Ms. Joyce Okine; Mr. John Digaden Nelson; Ms. Elizabeth Sawyer; Mrs. Comfort Acquaye; Ms. Comfort Ashong; Mr. John Offei Nelson; Mr. Edward Sowah; Mr. Eddie Stewart Nii Addy Kwaku V (Otuopai Adonten) Acting Otuopai Mantse / Gbese Mankralo, Naa Dede Odame 1 (Otuopai Manaye), Nii Tettey Gbeke III (Otuopai Dzase Tse & Elder of Dzase), Naa Akuyea Gbomo Addy (Otuopai Adonten Manye), Patience Nah - Abia Allotei – Cofie, Ebenezer C. O. Addy and Nii Boi Mettle Brothers & Sisters: Mabel Quarcoopome, Maryland, USA; Joyce Okine, Maryland, USA; Joseph Nee-Lante Lamptey (Deceased); Dr. George Lamptey, New Jersey, USA; Daniel Lamptey, New Jersey, USA; Emmanuel Nee-Ayi Lamptey (Deceased); Kim-Doreen Addy, United Kingdom; Emmanuel Hyde, United Kingdom; and Gertrude Comfort Lamptey, Ghana. Nephew and Nieces: Several nieces and nephews in USA, United Kingdom and Ghana. Other Family & Friends: Several cousins, relatives and friends in the United States, United Kingdom, and GhanaThe family has asked, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to:
- Epiphany Episcopal Church, 1419 Odenton Road, Odenton, MD 21113 and
-The National Kidney Foundation, Serving Maryland and Delaware, Heaver Plaza, 1301 York Road, Suite 209, Lutherville, MD 21093-6007
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Epiphany Episcopal Church
1419 Odenton Road, Odenton MD 21113
The National Kidney Foundation, Serving Maryland and Delaware
Heaver Plaza, 1301 York Road, Suite 209, Lutherville MD 21093-6007