Writing To Heal And Remember – Calling Dana Flight 9J-992 To Lagos

Writing To Heal And Remember – Calling Dana Flight 9J-992 To Lagos

 

The Naija Stories community is calling on its members and the general public to contribute to an anthology to commemorate the death, Sunday 3rd of June, of 153 passengers and crew of Dana Airlines Flight 9J-992 from Abuja to Lagos and about 10 residents of the houses the plane crashed into.

We want to see the writers among us take this tragedy and turn it into something that we can all connect with. Stories and Poetry have proved to be healing outlets as communities attempt to make sense of trauma. In whatever form we choose to write, we can deal with our emotions, report on how we can do better next time or even give life back to the dead by telling their stories.

We are calling for an mixed anthology that will commemorate Dana Airlines Flight 9J-992 from Abuja to Lagos, Sunday June 3, 2012. Send in Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry from now till the end of June to admin@naijastories.com

You can also register and post your entries directly to the site. Selected Stories will be published in an anthology by the end of July 2012. While we will consider selling the anthology and donating the proceeds to Charity, for now we envision putting it up on this site and others for free downloads.

Our hope is that story will help us as a country to deal with this. This will not be a collection of gruesome reports or stories but a celebration of life. Life is Precious. Stories are Forever.

Let us not forget.

Crew boards the plane to prepare for the flight.

An expectant Meimuna Anyene and her kids. All died in the crash including her husband, mother-in-law and 2 cousins.

 

One of the air hostesses

The scene of the crash at Iju.

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51 thoughts on “Writing To Heal And Remember – Calling Dana Flight 9J-992 To Lagos” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. Profile photo of Ayodeji Lancaster
    Ayodeji Lancaster (@lancaster): Writer - 6349 pts

    This is a very brilliant idea. Nice one @Admin

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      Famous Isaacs (@doremi): Writer - 5250 pts

      i second your view

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    Lulu (@Lulu): Senior Scribe - 29150 pts

    i concur with Ayo, and to make it worse, this is my industry, my day job. I remember looking down from 40,000 feet on a trans Atlantic Lufthansa flight a few days ago and pondering the nature of our mortality. What was in the minds of the crew, the passengers? as the plane descended?

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    chemokopi (@chemokopi): Head Wordsmith - 281494 pts

    So sad. So sad. But then, words can truly heal, inspire and correct. Well done Admin.

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    Ayodeji Lancaster (@lancaster): Writer - 6349 pts

    Truthfully, I’ve been on a block for a while but I think this will inspire me to pick my pen. My best friend lost 9 of her colleagues at CBN. There’s nothing to say to make her feel better. I can only hope NS will help heal her wounds in some way.

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      Admin (@ogaoga): Senior Scribe - 20107 pts

      Please extend our condolences to your friend. We really hope this will help.

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    Raymond (@raymond): Head Wordsmith - 47550 pts

    @Admin, is there any word count?
    @lancaster, my condolences to Ur friend…

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      Admin (@ogaoga): Senior Scribe - 20107 pts

      The same as the general ones on the site. 40 for Poetry and 2500 for Narrative (Fiction and Non Fiction.)

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    kaycee (@kaycee): Head Wordsmith - 150093 pts

    Words won’t even be enough. Nice idea, @admin.

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    lactoo (@louis): Writer - 8867 pts

    Gosh! Really sad and … Am shot of words. Perfect idea @admin. Please how do we send it in. Is it through emailing admin@naijastories.com? Or is there other ways.

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      Admin (@ogaoga): Senior Scribe - 20107 pts

      As a member of the site, please post your stories directly. just tag with flight 992 and it will be considered for the anthology.

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    Seun-Odukoya (@Seun-Odukoya): Head Wordsmith - 103739 pts

    I just want to shout. Pull out my hair and scream. Cry frustrated tears of rage and pain.

    But in the end…

    In the end.

    Good one admin.

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      Seun-Odukoya (@Seun-Odukoya): Head Wordsmith - 103739 pts

      Sorry – I wanted to ask…are multiple submissions allowed?

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    lactoo (@louis): Writer - 8867 pts

    Okay. Just tag ur story wit flight 992. Yeah! @Admin, is multiple submissions allowed?

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    Eletrika (@babyada): Wordsmith - 36473 pts

    So so saddening! I even feel more saddened seeing these pictures.

  11. Profile photo of Blaise Aphascea
    Blaise Aphascea (@aphascea): Junior Writer - 4587 pts

    My heart bleeds….my heart bleeds….i bleed…

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    Thomasmann (@drzhivago): Junior Writer - 4089 pts

    i should like to send in something.

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    EXCELLENCY (@excellency): Scribe - 13131 pts

    all that lost their lives or someone close, we share this pain, if we could stop, we sure would have…
    adieu
    dein na mu
    je nke oma,
    they fallen but not forgotten…

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    Blaise Aphascea (@aphascea): Junior Writer - 4587 pts

    @admin, i have sent in mine, a couple……… in one…. you haven’t answered the question of multiple entries.

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      Admin (@ogaoga): Senior Scribe - 20107 pts

      @aphascea, @seun-odukoya, @louis yes, multiple submissions are allowed.

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    Akalugwu Chinyere (@gooseberry): Scribe - 13474 pts

    May their souls RIP. I hope this will go a long way in healing the bereft even if its a little bit. This is really a therapeutic idea.

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    Naboulove (@naboulove): Junior Writer - 3080 pts

    Pain pain pain…thanks @admin , it could have been any of us …

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    aghoghosam (@aghoghosam): Writer - 7126 pts

    Even though I did not loose anyone in this accident , I still need healing, this is sad for every Nigerian.

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      aghoghosam (@aghoghosam): Writer - 7126 pts

      *lose

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    lawore olufemi (@laworemike): Senior Scribe - 24444 pts

    another minute silence…

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    sambright (@sambrightomo): Head Wordsmith - 94294 pts

    @admin God BLESS YOU FOR THIS GESTURE…GOD BLESS YOU SO MUCH…SO ONE CAN SUBMIT MULTIPLE ENTRIES?EHMN….

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    Onyeka Dike (@onyekadike): Scribe - 11081 pts

    Tears for the departed
    sorrow for the living
    despair for the families involved
    where does hope come in here?
    My heart bleeds, my soul wails,
    my pen is not stiff..

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    Onyeka Dike (@onyekadike): Scribe - 11081 pts

    @Admin: want to get it clear: poems must not be less than forty words, right?

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      Admin (@ogaoga): Senior Scribe - 20107 pts

      Yes. That is correct.

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      ostar (@ostar): Scribe - 12501 pts

      Tears for Dana!!!!
      Requiescant in pace.

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    Sueddie Agema (@sueddie): Head Wordsmith - 47930 pts

    Hmm, this is really sad. Good work @Admin. May Aondo help us to overcome this tragic tragedy and make sense of this senselessness. Kai, Kai, Kai. Kai.

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    Igwe (@igweaj): Scribe - 10195 pts

    So sad……

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    uchechukwu obiakor (@uchechukwu1): Scribe - 18667 pts

    A poem of not more than forty words? And I submitted a poem of 220 words. Oya,carry your cutlass and do justice.

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    diamondwriter (@david2471): Junior Writer - 1363 pts

    Hmm…

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    henry c.onyema (@ezeakwukwo): Head Wordsmith - 50206 pts

    Oh LORD. What can I say at a time like this? I hope I can submit something.

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    Afronuts (@Afronuts): Head Wordsmith - 63418 pts

    I definitely will have something to write!

    I pray my timing works well in favour

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    Famous Isaacs (@doremi): Writer - 5250 pts

    forty words is quite not too good to me. anyways, will the poem be submitted as an attatchment mail, or should it be posted like every other mail.

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    Chimzorom (@chimzorom): Scribe - 10239 pts

    Heart rending and wrenching…

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    enoquin (@enoquin): Head Wordsmith - 43063 pts

    I read somewhere that the above picture of the air-hostesses is the wrong one…I think it would be better if @admin does more due diligence on that or takes the picture down. Thank you

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      Admin (@ogaoga): Senior Scribe - 20107 pts

      @enoquin, how do you mean, wrong?

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        Scopeman (@scopeman60): Head Wordsmith - 50315 pts

        @Admin I think what she means is that, the pictures of the hostesses you put up in the post is not that of the actual hostesses who served on the flight that day. It is believed that the ladies in the photo above are alive.

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          Admin (@ogaoga): Senior Scribe - 20107 pts

          Thanks @scopeman we will remove the picture.

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            Whiz Da Poet (@whizpoet): Senior Scribe - 26580 pts

            But the lady in question is among them…I know her too well. She is Vivian. my neighbor, here in Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos.

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            enoquin (@enoquin): Head Wordsmith - 43063 pts

            Sorry @admin for replying late…scopeman60 answered you correctly…in that group picture when it was posted somewhere else, someone raised an alarm of it being the wrong picture…he claimed to have dated one of the air hostess shown in the picture at a certain time and that he rang her after the incident and she picked. He even referred everyone to her facebook page where she was trying to clear the misconceptions as well…Anyway, I see you have taken it down….well done!

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    ogbole agala (@ogbole): Junior Writer - 2523 pts

    Peace to troubled hearts…

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    Whiz Da Poet (@whizpoet): Senior Scribe - 26580 pts

    D very many pains of death.
    Shattered hearts, scattered like cards
    Battered bodies, shredded minds

    But for the families
    Take solace in life, and be mind-ready
    Come recovery, come work speedy

    Life! Life, the place of sweet and bitter
    Reading every second like a Speed Meter.
    We wake and shake everyday, like we are strong and fitter.

    What! what! what do we say more?
    Enjoy the moment, .until it comes to fore
    D day we will all breath our last,
    Then our souls ,rush out fast…

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    lawore olufemi (@laworemike): Senior Scribe - 24444 pts

    Journey is life, life is journey…death is our enviable separator…May their souls rest in peace

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    ostar (@ostar): Scribe - 12501 pts

    @lawore olufemi Amen

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    Rhema (@rhema): Writer - 6267 pts

    This is still painful to see.
    RIP Adaobi Mojekwu and all the departed souls.

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    rasheed (@biyicrown): Junior Writer - 4934 pts

    This was a good venture.

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    Jefsaraurmax (@jefsaraurmax): Scribe - 13668 pts

    Congratulations to the 43 writers who had their story/poem selected!

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