Maimuna was born into the family of Mr & Mrs. Ndanusa and Birikisu Mijindadi on the 30th of July, 1979. Her father (who hails from Bida, Niger State) was a professor at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Her mother had worked for a few years as a nurse in the United States before returning to Nigeria where she began and ran several enterprises, including a large grape farm in Zaria.
Maimuna completed her primary education in Zaria and completed secondary school at Queens College, Lagos. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2001 from the University of Ibadan and also earned a Masters degree in Business Administration, Corporate Financial Analysis & Planning from the Pennsylvania State University in the United States. After graduating from the University of Ibadan, Maimuna returned to Zaria for a few months before heading to Lagos for the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme; she served with Citibank in Lagos.
One friend said she stood out as the most studious in her circle of friends. “Maimuna was the one who talked to her friends to focus on their academic work whenever she found them in danger of getting too distracted by the many temptations of student life,” said the friend. “No surprise that we called her ‘effico,’ a nickname for nerds and bookworms. It meant she was efficient in organizing her study and play time. She was diligent and hardworking, and simply never lost sight of her priorities.” Another friend said she fondly remembered how she and others called Maimuna “effico.” “It was a term of endearment but also a playful kind of derision. We derided her for keeping us honest by enforcing group discipline. And, at last, we cherished her for keeping us honest that some of us graduated with honors from Ibadan and other universities.”
Maimuna, a devout Muslim married Mr. Onyeka Anyene, a Christian and also a lawyer. Some friends described the marriage as one founded on religious tolerance and broad mindedness. They disclosed that Maimuna’s parents were at first reluctant to approve their daughter’s choice of a husband. Even so, Maimuna and Onyeka displayed their determination by heading for the Marriage Registry in Ikoyi, Lagos to solemnize their wedding. The ceremony was marked by a simplicity that was characteristic of the couple; it was witnessed only by three persons: a close friend of Maimuna’s from her U.I. days, and a couple who were friends of the groom. A relative said Maimuna was a woman of great professional ambitions who was willing to work hard to prepare for the realization of her dreams.
In 2005, she relocated to Connecticut and lived there until her death in the Dana Airlines crash that also claimed close to 160 passengers as well as an unclear number of people on ground. Also on board the ill-fated flight were her husband, Onyeka Anyene; her children – Kamsiyonna, Kayimarachi, Kayinetochi & Noah and her mother-in-law, who all died. The plane crashed into buildings in the densely populated suburb of Iju-Isahaga, in Agege, Lagos.