I’m sure no one missed the news about the Dana air plane that crashed in Lagos. One extremely touching story that has stemmed from the crash is that of The Anyenes. Maimuna Anyene travelled to Nigeria with her four children (twins – Kayimarachi & Kayinetochi; Kamsiyonna and 7 months old Noah) to visit with her husband, Onyeka who lived mostly in Nigeria. She was also in Nigeria to attend her younger brother’s wedding, scheduled to take place on the 9th of June.
On that fateful day (Sunday, the 3rd of June, 2012), the couple (Onyeka & Maimuna) were travelling to Lagos with all four children and Onyeka’s mum when the fatal crash occurred. Three generations were wiped off the earth in one day. A website has been set up in remembrance of the Anyene’s. Maimuna Anyene (nee Mijindadi) was described as a ‘very smart, generous, kind, loving, motherly, patient, & calm person. Someone wrote the following poem in remembrance of her.
The power of a smileShe truly taught us the power of a smile. She was always smiling, even when she didn’t feel like it because her lips were already shaped inform of a smile. Even when pain or difficulties were there, She was always kind enough to gift a smile. She would smile and melt our hearts. We can’t really put in words how we feel, what we know is that you had a good life. You were blessed with wisdom. You were blessed with a loving and caring husband. You were blessed with four amazing children to the extent that no one would have ever dared call you barren. You were blessed with kindness. You were blessed with generosity. You were blessed with beauty. You were blessed with an amazing family. What else would we say we want from life? You left us so young but you died happy (in your coast of Africa) as you put it on your last facebook message. Now that you are gone, your journey takes a turn where we can no longer follow you. We know you will be in company of your loved ones who passed away with you in the bosom of God. Now we are left here only with her legacy. It’s not the time to stop. It’s the time to keep moving and fighting. It’s the time to keep teaching the same thing that she taught us without words to share the gift of a SMILE. Rest in peace our dear Friend, Mother, Wife, Aunty, Daughter, Sister.
One of her friends in Connecticut recalled how “Maimuna loved to take pictures, to capture every memorable moment on film whenever possible.” So here are a few pictures of the Anyene’s. Please visit the website (http://www.memoriesofmaimuna.dinstudio.com) to sign the condolence register.