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.

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

  1. This is a very brilliant idea. Nice one @Admin

    1. doremi (@doremi)

      i second your view

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

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

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

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

  12. i should like to send in something.

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

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

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

  15. 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.

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

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

  18. another minute silence…

  19. sambright (@sambrightomo)


  20. 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..

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

    1. Yes. That is correct.

    2. Tears for Dana!!!!
      Requiescant in pace.

  22. 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.

  23. So sad……

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

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

  26. I definitely will have something to write!

    I pray my timing works well in favour

  27. doremi (@doremi)

    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.

  28. Heart rending and wrenching…

  29. 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

    1. @enoquin, how do you mean, wrong?

      1. @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.

        1. Thanks @scopeman we will remove the picture.

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

          2. 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!

  30. Peace to troubled hearts…

  31. 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…

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

  33. @lawore olufemi Amen

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

  35. This was a good venture.

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

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