Thursday, May 17, makes it a year famous Yoruba actress Moji Olaiya died in Canada. NAIJ.com on the said day reported that the deceased passed away two months after she welcomed her second baby girl and 18 years after she had her first child.
Late Olaiya was said to have passed away in a Canadian hospital at the age of 42 after suffering a heart attack. She was also alleged to have been going in and out of the hospital after childbirth.
Following her death, her colleagues immediately took to their social media handles to mourn the deceased. Her death was indeed a great loss to the movie industry.
It could be recalled that she was meant to be buried immediately due to Islamic rites but her eldest daughter, Adunola refused to let her late mother’s remains be buried in a foreign land. Following this, her burial committee pleaded with the Ekiti state government to help out with the bills since she was an indigene of the state.
However, the Ekiti state government told the deceased’s burial committee to write an official letter to that effect but to their surprise, the leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola-Ahmed Tinubu shun protocol and picked the bill of how her remains was flown from Canada to Nigeria.
On Tuesday, June 6, late Olaiya’s corpse was flown into the country as press men, close family members and her burial committee members were present at the Muritala Mohammed International airport to receive her remains.
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Contributing his quota to giving the late actress a befitting burial, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW)'s boss, Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, was said to have acquired the land in which the late actress was buried on at Ebony Vaults and Garden, Ikoyi Cemetery, Lagos.
On Tuesday, June 6, Nollywood stars gathered at the Blue Roof, Lagos Television (LTV 8) premises, Agidingbi, Lagos, for the service of songs for the late actress. She buried was on Wednesday, June 7, in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Late Moji Olaiya began acting rather late, having an 8-year-old child and actually taking care of her daughter all by herself. Thanks to actress Bukky Wright, who got Moji acquainted with the crew while shooting the film, No Pains No Gains, a soap opera under Wale Adenuga’s production, Super Story. It was her first movie.
Born to the family of veteran music maestro Sir Victor Olaiya, the late actress continued her acting career with her debut Yoruba film, Agunbaniro.
It could be recalled that as at when the actress died, her first daughter Adunola was a student of Babcock Univeristy, Ilishan Remo and her second daughter, Maryam recently clocked one.
It is a year since she departed, may God Almighty continue to give the family the big heart to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Rest in peace Moji!
Tears, wailing as late Moji Olaiya is laid to rest in Lagos - on NAIJ.com TV.