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A Year after the Dana Crash…With All the Love in Our Hearts, We Remember our Friends & Loved Ones Who Passed Away



The loss of friends and loved ones is never easy to bear. It is one of the most difficult things to experience especially because there’s a deep void that can never be filled. They say time heals all wounds, but there are some wounds that even the passing of time can not really heal. At best, what we feel is a numbing of the hurt as we struggle to move on without that person who meant so much to us. With every milestone of the passing, something nudges that sore spot and it comes again, that indescribable pain that we felt when we first realized that that person was no longer in this realm.

On Sunday, June 3, 2012, a Dana Air 9J-922 plane from Abuja crashed in Iju Ishaga on the outskirts of Lagos
. The crash resulted in the loss of over a hundred and fifty lives. These lives lost were not just part of statistical data, they were our family members, our friends, and people we loved so dearly. As the anguish rose in our hearts and the pain threatened to tear us we thought of the unfairness of it all. Why us? Why now? Why this?

With every day that passed, we struggled to live each day seeking strength and solace from divinity because it seemed like there was a storm threatening to break loose within us. So with every dusk, we looked forward to a new dawn, for it seemed like the only way to get through.

Three hundred and Sixty-Five days after, the questions still confound us but we trudge on, in faith and love and the blessed memories our beautiful loved ones left behind.

So as we remember the victims of the Dana Air plane crash one year ago, we are grateful for the time we were given to spend with them. We are hopeful for a better tomorrow. We derive strength from within to live on and we know that the light of the lives of the dearly departed shines on brightly.

Rest in peace. Rest in peace.

We remember, with all the love in our hearts, everyone aboard the aircraft as well as the lives that were lost on the ground. This piece is dedicated to the loving memory of all the victims of the ill-fated Dana Airlines flight from Abuja to Lagos on June 3, 2012.

Onyeka Anyene;
Harry Lawal;
Maimuna Anyene;
Berkisum Yidadi;
Ebuka Enuma;
Oluchi Onyeyiri;
Sunday Enuma;
George Moses;
Ogechi Njoku;
Noah Anyene;
Kamsiyonna Anyene;
Stamford Obrutse;
Kaiyenotochi Anyene;
Okeke Hope;
Kayimarachi Anyene;
Rev. Ayodeji Cole;
Ngozi Cole;
Noah Anyene;
Ailende Ehi;
Oluwasegun Funmi Abiodun;
Shehu Saad Usman;
Alade Martins;
Onita Jennifer;
Onita Josephine;
Ike Ochonogor;
Joy Alison;
John Ahmadu;
Aquade Roger;
Osunbade Aderogu;
Akowe Fatokun Anjola;
Fatokun Olaoluwa;
Fatokun Ibukun;
Bukhari Maikudi;
Amina Idris Bugaje;
Ajani Adenike;
Ike Abugu;
Adijolola Abraham;
Obot Emmanuel;
Otegbeye Hadiza;
Ehioghae Sonny;
Onwuriri Celestine;
Abikalio Otatoru;
Norris Kim;
Eyo Bassey;
Njoku Charles;
Anibaba Tosin;
Okocha Christopher;
Shobowale Femi;
Phillip Chukwu -Ebuka;
Sparagano Lawrence;
Somolu Oluwakemi;
Ariyibi Temitope;
Mecha Eke;
Ojugbana Amaka;
Ojugbana Christopher;
Hnuna Walter;
Coker Olumide;
Lilian Las;
Mutihir Itsifanus;
Yusuf Ali;
Lt. Col. Jumbo Ochigbo;
Eribake Wale;
Zhai Shutao;
Wang Yu;
D. Awani;
O. Awani;
N. Chidiac;
Rijoel Dhose;
Li Huizha;
Apochi Godwin;
Kang Yi;
Inusa Ahmed;
Faysal Inusa;
Mojekwu Adaobi;
Ibrahim D;
Bamaiyi Adamu;
Ifekawa Jones;
Peter Nosike; Anthony Nwaokoagbara;
Mahmudu Aliyu;
Nnadi John;
Akwaeze Elizabeth;
Dorothy Adedunni;
Echeidu Ibe;
Maria Okwulehie;
Jennifer Ibe;
Oloko Tunji;
Sarah Mshelia;
Ahmed Mbana;
Okonji Patrick;
Oyosoro Rajulie;
Oyosoro Ugbabio;
Kaikai Farida;
David Kolawole Fortune;
Eyinoluwa David Kolawole;
Kaltum Abubakar;
Dakawa Mahmud;
Patience Sunday Udoh;
Asuquo Ini Obong;
Onemonelease Aimanehi;
Onyeagocha Chidinma;
Onyeagocha Ogechi;
Ike Okoye;
Amaka Raphael;
Ijeoma Onyijuke;
Garba Abdu;
Aisha Abdu;
Benson Oluwayomi;
Anthony Opara;
Taiwo Lamidi;
Awodogan Olusanmi;
Obi Chinwe;
Shaibu Memuna;
Major I.G Muhammad;
Nagidi Ibrahim;
Attah Anthonia;
Shaibu Sam;
Ifeanyi Orakwe;
Obinna Akubueze;
Li Rui;
Xie Zhenfeng;
Okor Eseoghene;
Chukwuemeka Okere;
Adekunbi Adebiyi;
Ibrahim Matankari;
Wasa Ruth;
Wasa Awiyetu;
Ojukwu Alvana;
Lawal Anakobe;
Nabil Garba;
Mohammed Falmata;
Ibrahim Jangana;
Okikiolu Olukayode;
Komolafe Olugbenga;
Dike Chinwe;
Dike Chukwuezugo;
Olusola Arokoyu;
Adekola Ayoola;
Akinola Olumodeji;
Olukoya Banji Saka Otaru;
Adeleke Oluwadamilare;
Yusuf Ibrahim;
Ikpoki Obiola;
Aikhomu Ehime;
Levi Ajuonuma;
Mbong Eventus.
Vivienne Atangakak;
Uche Ulasi;
Eke Godwin;
Mahendra Singh Rathore;
Peter Waxtan

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  1. Esta Morenikeji

    June 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    May God of all comfort continue to comfort the families they left behind.

  2. Tonia Ugo

    June 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Ifekawa Jones,My colleague and friend,today is a year u left this world in such a painful way.What more can i say?but,continue to rest in peace..Amen

  3. Mma

    June 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Really sad to remember. I was so devastated when it happened. Cried for days. God have mercy.

  4. gistyinka blog

    June 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Rip to the late souls…

  5. Ihuu

    June 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

    May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God continually rest in peace, Amen. Enternal rest continually grant them Lord.

  6. temitope

    June 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

    So sad. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

  7. Yoruba Geh

    June 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

    may their souls continue to rest in peace….
    sleep on Anjola,Olaoluwa and Ibukun Fatokun
    we love you but God loves you more
    till we meet at Jesus Feet

  8. choclate

    June 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

    May their souls rest in perfect peace with the good Lord

  9. X- Factor

    June 3, 2013 at 11:07 am


  10. Masked

    June 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I still have serious chills whenever i read about that memorable event….It is well!

  11. Gracie

    June 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

    The loss still fresh in the memories of the loved ones they left behind, God will continue to strengthen them and time will heal all their wounds till when they will get to see again and part no more….

  12. Neo

    June 3, 2013 at 11:19 am

    May their souls rest in peace.

    We cry for the ones we lost, when it is those who are gone who should cry for us. Free from pain, free from worry, free from the evil that has permeated humanity. Herein my comfort lies…

  13. magh

    June 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

    seeing this list for the first time and how long it is just made me cold and sad. May their souls rest in peace and may God grant their families and friends the strength to move on with life.

  14. Eugenia

    June 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

    continue to rest in perfect peace, till we will meet to part no more. may LORD d continue to strengthen there loved ones left behind.

  15. linda

    June 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    going through this list after one year brings back the memories of the incidence, my deepest condolence to the families affected and may their souls rest in perfect peace. Amen

  16. Kiki

    June 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

    May their Gentle Souls continue to Rest in Peace

  17. adeola adeyemo

    June 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

    May Almighty forgive them and grant eternal rest inHis bossom.

  18. Faith

    June 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Very painful.. RIP

  19. Lizzie

    June 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    RIP 🙁

  20. salsera

    June 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Dang, this list is too long

  21. Bola

    June 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm


  22. EA

    June 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Continue to rest in peace..

  23. Nkese

    June 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Eternal rest grant them all oh Lord. Rest in peace Vivienne Atangakak. We miss you.

  24. pynk

    June 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Wale continue to RIP. Miss you loads, still in denial on some days.

  25. jess

    June 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Eternal Rest we pray thee oh Lord……R.I.P.

  26. Comfort

    June 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    There are several families there that lost more than one member. I know how devastating a plane crash can be, especially after losing some classmates and friends in Sosoliso in 2005. Time does heal the wounds. Hold on, God will definitely see the families through these turbulent times and grant them the fortitude to carry on!
    May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God Rest in Peace 🙁

  27. HRS

    June 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    It”s so sad….. Rest on….

  28. Berry Dakara

    June 3, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    May their souls continue resting in peace.

    May their family, friends and loved ones bear the losses with a little more ease and comfort, as each day passes.

    May Nigeria become better and safer.

    In Jesus’ name, AMEN

  29. lovemi

    June 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Blessings to all the families

  30. loveth O.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    May the Soul of the Departed RIP, and may God Almighty uphold those that are left Behind AMEN

  31. Mz Socially Awkward...

    June 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    BN & Atoke, thank you for doing this. I did wonder if you would put up a post in memoriam and am glad you made the additional effort of putting up all the names of the passengers.

    Obiola, you’ll always be alive in our hearts and I pray that God has received all of the departed to Himself.

  32. Lagos is my home

    June 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    May their souls rest in peace ……….. Still as painful as yesterday

    Thanks BN for puting this up , it got a bare mention on other site . SMH

  33. Meeeee

    June 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Such a sad event. May their souls continue to rest in peace and may God grant their loved ones the fortitude to bear their loss, amen.

  34. jcsgrl

    June 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Sighs..tears freely running down. All I can think of is generations wiped out. Human beings not cockroaches who should be alive by now if not the recklessness of our government and well Dana management. Let me know not fully blame govt. If everyone can do right thing everyday in your business, school, work, home, etc, we will leave this world a better place. If we can for once think of the good of other people above ours, there will be a little less hurt and pain. You pray and fast, but they don’t seem enough. You cry and cry but all you get is swollen eyes. You talk and talk in the end you’re left with a massive headache. May God help us all!

  35. Theresa Omoronyia

    June 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Continue to rest in peace dearly departed friends. May God in His mercies continue to comfort your loved ones. Hopefully lessons have been learnt, and we will be spared avoidable tragedies like this one.

  36. Hope O.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Why us? Why now? Why this?

    These are not rhetorical questions I hope? Because we darn well know these questions have got answers and what’s worse? We know these answers but instead of facing the truth, tackling it head-on and let it liberate us from future sad occurrences (it will happen again, it is not a matter of doomsay) we put our heads in the sand like ostriches and pray and pray and pray. What are we praying for? That 1 + 1 will cease to be 2? Everything always adds up. Was this the first time it happened? What did we do? We prayed and we’re shocked it happened again and we will be shocked when it happens again.

    Nigeria and Nigerians need to do more than getting their acts together. People were responsible for this avoidable incident, who has answered to any of this? No one.

    We know how irresponsible our government is and always has been but do we hold them accountable? No we pray, we look up and say ‘God dey’, at the end of the day we may all die like the cowards that we are.

    May the souls of all the departed, rest in peace.

  37. Nkem Morah

    June 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    May their souls rest in peace…really sad.

  38. Anonymous

    June 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This is very disheartening. May their gentle souls RIPP.

  39. Ada Nnewi

    June 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    May the souls of the departed Rest in Perfect Peace.. I really hope government agencies have taken lessons from the sad occurrence and have put better emergency response structures in place….I pray that God will continue to comfort the families that lost loved ones..

  40. Joan

    June 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    🙁 We will never forget!

  41. Janey

    June 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I still remember how i felt when i received that call on that fateful sunday evening.
    We love you but God loves you more.
    Continue to rest in peace Eyo Bassey,Femi Shobowale,Ike Ochonogor,the Fatokuns and the other victims.

  42. mimi

    June 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    may their souls rest in peace

  43. Metche

    June 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    May their souls rest in perfect Peace. Amen

  44. meee

    June 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Rest on!

  45. Beekay

    June 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Joy Chiedozie Allison…one year on and it still seems like I would one day wake up from this horrible dream. We really miss but we know you are in a better place. Adieu my Joy

  46. Anonymous

    June 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Rest in peace Chris Okocha

  47. nasa

    June 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    RIP……….words fail me

  48. ola

    June 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Rest in peace. Ini Obong….and all others…. the hurt truly hasnt healed…it is well…

  49. Dee

    June 4, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Jennifer & Anita Onita, We miss you both dearly. One year later it was like yesterday. The pain and terrible feeling resurface again. Words cannot explain the pain and hurt that I felt today and the day it happened. Love you both and forever lives in my heart.

  50. Miss Mo

    June 4, 2013 at 4:04 am

    🙁 Continue to RIPP Maimuna Ayene and family, Ayo Somolu, Wale Eribake and the rest of the Dana 153 victims. Pray for fortitude and strength for your loved ones. Miss you loads Maimuna. Forever crying inside. I take solace in knowing you and your beautiful family are resting in the bosom of the lord. 🙁

  51. Iphie

    June 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Rest on Ifeanyi Orakwe!and may God shine his pepertual light on the dearly departed.

  52. kikelomo

    June 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

    May their gentle souls continue to rest in peace, Amen!

  53. Ochuko

    June 4, 2013 at 11:02 am

    My dearest Oseri Awani and her Husband Daniel Awani keep resting……….may the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace Amen.

  54. Tiki

    June 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    It is not enough to cry – unless we all channel that sorrow into energy to bring about positive change, these people will have all died in vain.

    May their souls find peace in the Lord.

  55. Deborah

    June 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Baba Mariam, seeing your name on that list even after a year sends shivers down my spine. i feel so cold right now. your passing away was unbelievable and it made my mother cry, left my father in shock. my father, your friend was helpless the day we were informed of your death. rest in peace and in the lord’s bosom. amen.

  56. Elishama

    July 16, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    May God in His infinite mercy continually give the affected families the strength to sail on. It was an unexplainable tragedy. No one I knew was involved but I remembered vividly that I couldn’t close my eyes in sleep for more than a month. I prayed before I could be able to sleep and eat. To the families that lost their relations and friends, please do take consolation in God’s Love for them. May God help us all.

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