Saeeda Yonnus’s Memorial Lunch

Saeeda Yonnus's Memorial Programme

Saeeda Yonnus’s Memorial Programme

Sunday 10th March – Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom. It is also the anniversary of Saeeda Yonnus’s death and her children have chosen to remember her with a memorial lunch in the beautiful surroundings of Mughal-E-Azam restaurant on Stratford Road in Birmingham.

Sue Brown and Vivian Yates

Vivian Yates and Sue Brown

Three of us from Writers Without Borders (Sue Brown, Predencia Dixon and Vivian Yates) were able to attend to learn more about this vibrant and caring member of our group.

The sparkle of the event

The sparkle of the event

We were privileged to hear what she meant to several generations of her family, beginning with the grand-children who spoke eloquently and affectionately about their grandmother.

As the sumptuous lunch was served it only added to the rich mix that was Saeeda, as all who spoke of her confirmed.

WWB was honoured to be asked to contribute to the tributes. Sue Brown delivered a moving piece about Saeeda’s life and our experience of her in WWB. Vivian Yates read one of her poems, 10 Men. (See attached)

PICT2214The afternoon closed with a film of Saeeda’s life, in which the final words of a life well traced was ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED’

We’re very happy that we were a part of that mission. She was, and continues to be, well loved.

Ten Men

Ten men married ten women
And made ten couples
One of them settled in the town
Nine men in the village always missed him
They remained in the village
We were ten; we are one short of our numbers
The one in the town found tens of men in the town
He did not miss the villagers
One day he returned to the village
The villagers rejoiced in his return
We are ten again.
Townsman said, ‘No, we are more than ten’
‘How?’, villagers asked
The day we married we became twice the ten
And now look at our families
We have multiplied five times in the last ten years
And if we put our resources together
We have the power of one hundred men,
Ten times more than ten
Villagers smiled
‘You were always the clever one’
© Saeeda Younus 2010

 One of the presenters, a fellow writer, presented Sue with a copy of his book as a souvenir of the day.

A gift from one writer to another

A gift from one writer to another


About predencia

Author of novels Dare to Love and Betrayed poetry anthology Raw and blogger
This entry was posted in Member tributes. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Saeeda Yonnus’s Memorial Lunch

  1. elaine yap says:

    Many thanks for the update on Saeeda’s Memorial. Having three members representing us and contributing to a fitting occasion touched me emensely. May her memory live within our hearts as we continue to be Writers Without Borders. Alline/Elaine Yap AKA Miss Kitty Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:18:11 +0000 To:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s