Ignatius Adanga
Energy and a Helping Hand

Ignatius Udo Adanga was born 62 years ago in Nigeria. As a young man, he left home for Lagos, the capital. He moved on to Liberia and then Germany before migrating to New York some two decades ago.

Mr. Adanga's quest for a better life led him through a series of city and state jobs in housing, probation, children's services and, finally, the planning department of the Metropolitan Transportation Council, at the World Trade Center.

For all that, Mr. Adanga struck those who knew him as energetic rather than restless. He always seemed to have spare time to help family members — his wife, Afiong, and three daughters — friends and co-workers. "Your country or your nativity was immaterial," said McLord Obiora, a friend, at a memorial service early this month.

Judith Wilson, a co-worker for the past year, said Mr. Adanga not only took the time to help her settle in but also became a mentor for her son Kareem, 10, when he learned she was a single parent. "I was always going to him for advice," she said.
Published by Newsday on Oct. 11, 2001.
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September 12, 2021
Ignatius, I never met you but your story has been a part of all of our lives now for 20 years, and will be forever. To us you are no stranger. God bless you.
John Yarbrough
September 11, 2021
Remembering Ignatius on the 20th anniversary of 9/11....
Cindy Roe
August 30, 2021
September 12, 2020
Prayers out to your family especially during these times going on now.
September 11, 2020
Prayers and remembrance to this family especially today
Lesley Weathers
September 11, 2020
Rest in Peace Ignatious, God Bless your family and friends.
Louise Scalzo
March 29, 2017
Thinking of you, Mr. Adanga. Your life and so many others were lost. We have still not recovered. Please watch over us. Thank you.
Jennifer Durrah
September 11, 2016
RIP. I will never forget.
susan aitchison
September 10, 2016
To The Family & Friends of Mr. Adanga,

I am so sorry for the loss of such a special person in your life!

Although so much time has passed, the memories of Our Dear Loved Ones is ever so present!

When these tragedies occur we often ask ourselves, why bad things happen to good people?

You can find comfort in knowing, that pain & suffering were never Gods original plan for families.

Soon "His Will" will be done on earth and He will restore peace & security to mankind!
He will not forget your Dear Loved One!
Psalms 37:10 & 11,29
Kind Regards,
September 25, 2015
Never to be forgotten
September 12, 2014
I haven't been online much recently, so didn't write here, but you were in my thoughts yesterday and remain in my heart.
September 12, 2014
~ E
September 11, 2014
Mr Adanga, you'd be in your 70s now, would you be traveling or relaxing on your patio or deck enjoying retirement. I feel bad you didn't get to enjoy the joys of retirement. Didn't know you sir but I still hurt knowing you were taken so early in life.
Daniel Morgan
January 22, 2014
You are not forgotten.
September 12, 2013
Remembering you.
September 11, 2013
To the family of Ignatius Adanga:
Ignatius will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not allow those we lost on 9/11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
September 10, 2013
Daniel Morgan
January 3, 2013
I think about all of the victims and Mr Adanga would have been in his 70s and I wonder how he would have been spending his retirement years. May God have you at peace in his Mansion.
January 3, 2013
To the Adanga family,

May the wonderful memories of your loved one provide solace for you during this difficult time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved ones again in Paradise. John 17:3
August 12, 2012
Barbara Boam & Kim Rogers walked a mile for you (mile #16) on 9/19/11 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
September 19, 2011
You convey peace and love even as my family and I pay our condolence. We trust God that you are resting in peace and in His love. May God continue to strngthen your family and grant you rest in Jesus name Amen
September 11, 2011
We hold you in our hearts.
Kymberli Colbourne
September 11, 2011
I work in a school library in Los Angeles and today we remembered the victims of 9/11. As someone of a similar age to myself (now, not 10 years ago) and who was in the WTC while I watched the horror 3000 miles away on TV, I chose Ignatius, with no knowledge of who he was. Now I'm online learning about him. I've been very touched by the story of his life, travels, and generosity. What a remarkable man and what a loss. I will continue to honor his memory in the years to come.
Jennie Durrah
September 10, 2011
Deepest Thoughts And Apologizes
Kalena Rogers
September 8, 2011
Sounds Like A Great Man So Sorryy For Yur Loses
Kalena Rogers
September 8, 2011
Family I am sorry for your loss My prayers are with you
Sydney Sholl
September 7, 2011
Spending the day in remembrance... you are not forgotten.
Meghan McFadden
September 11, 2010
May you rest in peace.
August 22, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
March 5, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Doug Abraham
January 7, 2008
dear, family of Ignatius Adanga im truly sorry for your loss.
daryl carr
September 11, 2007
god bless Ignatius Adanga and sorry for your loss
September 11, 2007
ignatius adanga iam sorry that you had to go soon rest in peace
ronel jean
September 11, 2007
god bless you and your family.
Raul Reyes
September 11, 2007
yo im so sorry for you i dont know him but i still miss him i guess theres nothing elsa but to say but to say im sorry for you
roy beckford
September 11, 2007
I'm so sorry for your loss and i appreciate the hard work you did.He was a nice man and im verrrry sorry for what happend!!!!!
God Bless <33
shannon battel
September 11, 2007
ignatius adanga i am sorry for your loss and your short time to live rest in peace
luis mathey
September 11, 2007
He was a good man. It is sad he lost his life.
September 11, 2007
may god be with your family each and every day.
g d
September 10, 2007
January 24, 2007
ignatius was a fabulous hard working man it's ashamed his life had o be taken i'm sorry
Alex Morillo
December 19, 2006
Im sorry about your lost of this dearly person I know christmas is coming and nothing is going to be the same im veary sorry
Toni Edden
December 19, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006

Nancy Sahlberg
November 13, 2006
Very sorry about your loss! Sincere sympathy, Pat - R.N. in TN
Pat Sircy
October 27, 2006
god bless
October 23, 2006
As I stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vane. We will always remember.
Kristine Furstenberg
October 10, 2006
May your family remember the wonderful times you shared during your brief stay on Earth.
September 15, 2006
To the family of Ignatius Adanga,My deepest sympathy to your loss.Always remember your never alone and certainly never forgotten.God Bless,Stay strong!
Dawn Sproules
September 11, 2006
We will never forget. Our thoughts are with you, Ignatius's family.
September 10, 2006
God Bless You Ignatius Adango, we
never knew you but may God be with your family and friends.
Love Bobby and papa
Bobby Ferguson
September 10, 2006
I am sorry for your loss please visit a new site I have made in honor of the 5th anniversary it is for all victims as well as my Daughter Jeanmarie Wallendorf who I lost in the Trade Center.
Christine Barton
September 9, 2006
To The Family of Ignatius Adanga

Please know that you are not alone. God knows your deepest feelings and he will help you to cope. Psalm 65:2 calls God the "Hearer of prayer." Pray to him constantly. He will hear you and he will help you.
September 2, 2006
In memory...
P Tabbernor
August 17, 2006
Thinking of all of you.
David Brakstad
July 20, 2006
God bless
P Tabbernor
November 5, 2005
May you rest in the palm of God's hands. May you shine your light and love down on your wife and daughters. We will never forget the horrendous day you perished along with many other innocent, beautiful people.

We will pray for your soul to be at rest and for you to be reunited with those you love and who loved you one day.
Jenn & Vinny Gerard
September 12, 2005
Godbless you for spending the time you did with us and making us a better place...thank you
Melissa Seamer
September 9, 2005
Rejoice for the day when we will see Mr. Adanga again!
On a peaceful earth,
never will anything trouble our hearts and minds!
Revelation 21:3,4
Psalms 37:11,29
John 5:28,29
Psalms 83:18
September 30, 2004
1 mile was walked to honor the life of Ignatius and all the family, friends and loved ones he left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing that you do not grieve alone and he will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

Ignatius, may you rest in peace.
Kathy Swaringen
October 11, 2003
Ignatius - what a beautiful name. Your name will always stand out in my mind. Your memory will never die. I'm looking forward to meeting you in heaven.
Maria Lopez-Pinelli
September 11, 2003
God Bless You and may Peace be with you on this day.
September 11, 2003
What a lovely life and travels. Remembering and praying for you even though so far away.
romi marie
September 11, 2003
We will never forget.....May you rest in peace!!!!
Angie & Tony Clement
August 29, 2003
We still aren't forgetting you.
August 29, 2003
Ignatius Adanga

you had a good life,you were a hard working man,Its only fair to let you rest in peace
Kayla G.
December 27, 2002
October 6, 2002
For you this day I pray. May you be in the presence of God and your soul be glorified in the Lord. Pray for me, I ask, in my continued journey to the Lord, until we meet.
John Brentin
September 23, 2002
god bless
anne jones
September 16, 2002
As a fellow country man, I mourn your death and May The Good Lord continue to provide for the family you left behind. Rest In Peace....
September 5, 2002
May your memories sustain you through the terrible days since you've lost Ignatius. What a wonderful, peaceful world this would be if we all cared for others as much as he did.
suzanne neis
August 15, 2002
Ignatius will always be remembered by those who knew him, and those, like me, who never knew him. We, as Americans, will never forget that horrible day and the heroes of that hour will be forever in our thoughts and prayers.
Del Newberry
May 16, 2002
This is one memory and nightmare
that never grows old, never will be
forgotton by those who had it burned into their minds.
I know I will never forget and it was sort of a wake up call for me to see how fragile freedom really is.
Living in Holland a free country free'd by American, English and many more I realize how fragile.
Rest in peace dear people you will always be remembered by the world..
Helen Willemse
April 13, 2002
Not a day goes by that I don't think of those lost on September 11.
May God bless you and give you strength.
Gladys Thomson
April 8, 2002
Dear Afiong and family,

May your loved one's energy carry with you always. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 5, 2002
God Bless and Keep You.
Peace and Love--Brooke
Brooke Frierson
March 28, 2002
You are in our thoughts and hearts forever. To lose a love one is the most difficult thing to deal with. Please remember that our prayers and love go out to you everyday to help give you strength and to know you are never alone.
J. McGowan
March 21, 2002
Thank you for all Ignatius was and brought to this world. His life will leave "heartprints" on so many.
March 10, 2002
You were not known to us, but we mourn your loss, as a fellow Nigerian, and are shaken by the loss to your family and friends. Rest in peace dear man.
Olujoke Akindemowo
January 22, 2002
God can heal all wounds. He said " ask and you shall receive. Lean on him in your time of need. None of us know the reason your love one died Why them. God has a plan for us all we have to have faith that he know whats best for us all. Tomorrow is not promised to noone so we have to live everyday as if it's our last. Ignatius will always be with you.You have got to believe he lived and died for a reason or you will carry hate in your heart. God gave his only son for all of us to have eternal life. You will see you love ones again.
Ladeitrich Odebert
January 22, 2002
I know how hard it is to live without your loved one. My brother is also missing and the hardest part is not knowing. I pray for you and your family. May you have the strength and courage to live and to always remember the joy your loved one has given you. God Bless You And Your Family
Lisa Dedvukaj
January 21, 2002
We are very sorry for your loss of Ignatius. May warm memories of time together lighten the sorrow in your hearts. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
January 11, 2002
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Ignatius Adanga.This is so sad.
Mark Capper
January 10, 2002
From his picture Ignatius looks like a kind and friendly man. My heart goes out to his wife and three daughters....may you find peace and healing.
January 6, 2002
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to those who knew this man and to his wife and daughters. It sounds like he was a blessing to know. Please know that there are many who mourn with you in your time of sorrow.

God Bless and keep you always,
Cyndi Keech
Cyndi Keech
December 29, 2001
Ignatius, thank you for the sacrifice you made to protect the freedom I sometimes take for granted. We may have never met, but your loss has been felt.
meredith lewis
December 24, 2001
I have read your entery and I feel for you. God bless you and your family. God bless everyone. You are in my heart.
Amanda Mueller
December 14, 2001
Dear Ignatius,
There is not a day that goes by, that you are not in my thoughts and prayers, I miss your witty thoughts and kinds words of encouragement. Kareem wished he had gone to lunch with you on that day you asked. I dreamt on 9/12 that we were all in the conference room and you were there too laughing and you looked so peaceful, with a warm glow surrounding you. Farewell my friend. Rest in peace.
Judith Wilson
December 8, 2001
November 30, 2001
Dear Adanga Family,
I know that this has been a tragic loss for you all.I am truly sorry. Know that you are in my prayers and my heart goes out to you. I know that this letter can't bring Ignatius back but i hope it can bring peace and comfort to your hearts.May God bless you all and help you through this tough time.
If there is anything i could do feel free to e-mail me. Our nation will rise again but the TRUE HEROS will live in our hearts forever.
Love always,
Sarah (age 16)
Sarah Nix
November 14, 2001
May you be in eternal peace. My thoughts and prayers are for you, your family and loved ones.
David Ochoa
October 24, 2001
My thoughts are with you.
Norma Casella
October 19, 2001
May God bless and comfort your family, and provide them strength and courage. You and your family are in our prayers.
Perry Williams & family
October 17, 2001
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