Saama Bowman, the daughter of acclaimed herbalist Dr Sebi, is in her 30s and is the leader of the Usha Village and the director of her father’s office in Los Angeles. She completed her education at La Ceiba Bilingual School. In 2017, she dispelled the rumors that no one outside of the family had taken over the office. Saama Bowman is a dedicated worker and has the talent to do business, and many people still come looking for herbal treatments at the office in Los Angeles, as they find it useful.

Her Father, Alfredo Bowman

Alfredo Darrington Bowman, A.K.A. Dr Sebi, born in 1933 in Ilanga, Honduras of African descent, is renowned for his African Bio-Electric Cell Food Therapy. His beliefs on the origin of disease and his diet and food therapy were based on the discredited alkaline diet and showed a fundamental misunderstanding of genetics. He had first learned of herbal healing from his grandmother and was frustrated by Western medical practices in treating his own illnesses. As a result, he visited a herbalist in Mexico who confirmed he was dying. He then began his own healing practice in Honduras and set up the USHA Research Institute near La Ceiba. His ideas on disease and genetics were criticized in a critical article published by McGill University as “race pseudoscience”.

In the early 1980s, Dr Sebi became known for his unorthodox approach to treating AIDS, rejecting the notion that HIV was the cause of the disease. In 1987, he was arrested for practicing medicine without a license but was acquitted by a jury. In the 1990s, he was sued in New York for making claims of therapeutic benefits for his herbal remedies and was prohibited from making such claims. He then relocated to Los Angeles and began cultivating celebrity clients, earning considerable revenue of more than $3,000 a day. Notable celebrities included Lisa Lopes, Steven Seagal, John Travolta, Eddie Murphy, and Michael Jackson, who Bowman reportedly treated in 2004 before the pop star went to trial.

On 28 May 2016, Christopher Bowman and his associate Pablo Medina Gamboa were arrested at the Juan Manuel Gálvez de Roatan Airport on money laundering charges. They were found to be carrying $37,000 in cash without an adequate explanation. Although Bowman was released pending a court hearing, he was re-arrested by the Public Ministerio shortly afterwards. During his time in prison, he fell ill and was eventually transported to a hospital. Unfortunately, Bowman passed away from complications of pneumonia on 6 August 2016. His followers have questioned the suspicious circumstances of his arrest and death, believing it to be a conspiracy to silence him because the pharmaceutical industry felt threatened by his teachings, which differed from the medical establishment.

In 2004, Alfredo Bowman treated Michael Jackson for six months at a retreat in Aspen, Colorado, claiming to have helped the singer overcome his addiction to painkillers Demerol and morphine with his African Bio-Electric Cell Food Therapy. After Jackson’s brother Randy paid Bowman $10,000, Bowman sued Michael Jackson for related costs, claiming that the singer owed him $380,000 and seeking an additional $600,000 in lost revenue for having deferred other clients and various speaking engagements. However, the case was dismissed in 2015 due to a lack of prosecution.