Season: 2-3, Episodes: 4, Faction: N/A
Yemi was Eko’s younger brother. He was a priest who died in a plane crash on the Island. Some sources speculate that his full name was Yemi Tunde, though this has not yet been officially confirmed.
2×10 – The 23rd Psalm
When they were young, Eko was protective of Yemi, even stealing food because Yemi was hungry. They used to play soccer together. One day, militant thugs came to Eko’s childhood village home to kidnap children to join their ranks. An unidentified Nigerian guerrilla member tried to force Yemi to shoot an unarmed man. When Yemi refused to fire, Eko grabbed the gun quickly and shot the man without hesitation. As a result, Eko was recruited into the guerrilla group instead. Eko’s cross, which was thrown on the ground by the Thug captain, was picked up by Yemi, who held onto it in anticipation of his brother’s return. (“The 23rd Psalm”)
Years later, Eko became a warlord and returned to the village with the intention of taking advantage of his brother to further a planned drug smuggling operation. Eko coerced Yemi into signing documents that falsely confirmed Eko and his cohorts to be priests. Yemi reminded Eko that this would not really make him a priest. He accepted the drug money offered him by Eko in return for signing the papers. Yemi then informed the Nigerian Army about Eko’s gang’s shipment of drugs, and was shot trying to save Eko from being shot. He was then loaded into the drug smugglers’ plane while Eko was left behind. (“The 23rd Psalm”)
On the Island (Crash)
5×01 – Because You Left
The plane carrying Yemi crashed on the island in either 2001 or 2002. The crash was witnessed by a time traveling John Locke. Locke attempted to discover if there were any survivors but before he could he was shot in the leg by Ethan and continued moving through time. It is unknown whether Yemi was alive at this time or if he had already died from his gunshot wound. (“Because You Left”)
As a corpse
2×10 – The 23rd Psalm
After the crash of the plane (which Locke saw in his vision), Yemi, and Goldie (one of the Nigerian drug smugglers that worked with Eko) died. Yemi’s corpse was found on the island when the Drug smugglers’ plane was discovered by Boone and Locke. Eko found the plane later on, recognized his brother and took his cross back. Eko burned the plane on a pyre, saying the Psalm 23. His body goes missing sometime between “The 23rd Psalm” and “The Cost of Living”.
In Eko’s visions
2×21 – ?
Yemi (actually the Man in Black) appears in Eko’s dream holding a lighter, and tells him he needs to find the “?” with Locke. He later appears in Locke’s dream to guide them to the top of the cliff, where they can see the question mark.
3×05 – The Cost of Living
Seven days later, the Man in Black appeared to Eko as Yemi once more, telling him that it was time to confess. Locke’s hut catches fire, leaving Eko inside, but he is rescued by Charlie, Hurley and Sayid. Eko went back to the plane and moved rocks only to discover that Yemi’s body was gone. Feeling discouraged and helpless, Eko encounters Yemi again. Yemi, now with dirty clothes, told Eko once more that it was time to confess. Eko followed him to an anemone field, and said that he feels no guilt for what he did, and that he would not confess. Yemi said “You speak to me as if I were your brother”, and left. Moments later, the Monster attacked Eko, and killed him by smashing his body into trees. (“The Cost of Living”)
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In PT utterance 363, the king appeals to Re to “come and ferry me over to yonder side even as you ferried over your attendant Weneg whom you love,” while in utterance 476, he appeals to the “Keeper of the Way, Warden of the Great Portal” to “bear witness concerning me to these two great and mighty Gods [Re and Horus] because I am Weneg, son of Re, who supports the sky, who guides the earth and judges the Gods.” Despite this early prominence, however, no later attestations of Weneg are known.
Weneg is an ancient son of Re referenced in Old Kingdom text. he seems to represent the cosmic order, rather like Re’s daughter, Ma’at, by supporting the sky and so keeping the forces of chaos from crashing down onto the earth. He is also a judge of other gods, probably administering the cosmic laws of Re.
Weneg (alt. Uneg), was an ancient Egyptian plant-god supporting the heavens.
Budge’s two-volume dictionary refers to Weneg-(sic ‘Ung’), as the Egyptian Atlas, and has six Egyptian language hieroglyphic spellings for his name, some using hieroglyphs for the desert hare, value un, and the water ripple for the letter n.