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Biography of Remembrance HOUENASSO TANDJE was born on January 1, 1940 in Ifangni, Porto Novo Benin, which was Dahomey, and died on February 1, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Zinsou Tandje and Yaoitcha Logbo. She was a housewife of late Mr. Michel Honvo, when she was married and got the nickname Yaopkevi. But, when her daughter, Virginia started speaking, she called her Yaopke, and that name stuck with her until her death. She liked to cook; no matter what time you came to visit her, she would cook something for you to eat. Ms. Tandje never went to school, but she made sure that all of her children went to school. When her children came from school, she made sure they did their homework. Even though she did not know what the children were doing, she used to sit at the study table and just look at them. Ms. Tandje arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 3, 2003, to help her daughter, Virginia and her children, principal grandson Medex, after her husband left her with the children. She made sure Medex ate and looked good when he was going to school and now the day center. Even, on her sick bed, she was still asking about Medex, and wanted to know if he was fed and if his teeth were clean. She loved her grandchildren, and made sure they were safe. While in Philadelphia, she was a babysitter and saved all her money to make sure that all of her grandchildren back in Benin went to private school. All the time she spent in Philadelphia, she didn't speak English; when it came to homework, she did the same thing that she did with her children to her grandchildren. She would sit at the dining table keeping an eye on them while they were doing their homework. Ms. Tandje is survived by: five children, Virginia Honfo, Lea Honvo, Delphine Honvo in USA and Lucien Honvo, Sophie Honvo in Benin; five grandchildren in USA, and ten in Benin, and one great-grandchild, one sister, multiple nieces and nephews, cousins, friends.

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