Torrents of tributes have poured in for renowned Yoruba movie actress, Moji Olaiya, a day after her death.
Moji’s demise Thursday morning after she reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest sent a shock wave across the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Her last post on Instagram was 18 hours before her death was announced. She wrote, “Hello fans, Okiki app is now on Apple App Store. Watch movies from me and other great actors for free.”
But before that she had posted two days earlier, sharing a picture where she looked trimmer and wrote:
“Alliamdulilahi to you Allah I give all the glory for all you have done. I will forever praise and worship you. It’s not by power but the Grace of Allah. Thank you for the gift of life. Thanks also to all my friends and family my fans for your supports and prayers. Love you all.”
Fans of the deceased actress have also been posting videos of dirges, which they specially composed in her honour on Instagram.
Her colleagues have also been expressing shock over the untimely death of one of their own.
Popular actress, Bisi Ibidapo-Obe, who shared a bond with Moji in the movie industry and also lived next to her in Magodo, Lagos, wrote, “RIP my darling beautiful friend Mojisola Abikeade omo Olaiya..I will miss you so much! May God almighty be with you in Jesus name. My beautiful friend l will miss you so much. I will forever miss you my beautiful darling friend love you so much.”
The duo were more of family friends whose relatives all knew one another. They were close and always at each other’s place if either of them was hosting a party.
More of an organiser, Moji stood by Bisi when she bore her love child for Senator Dino Melaye, and ignored what people said in the movie industry especially from the camp of actress Lola Alao, who made it a messy media war when Bisi got pregnant for the controversial lawmaker.
The director of Public Relations and Media Affairs of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Association of Nigeria, Yomi Fash-Lanso, said, “It is with a heavy heart and sad disposition to hear about the sudden death of our colleague; friend and sister, Moji Olaiya, who’s death occurred a few hours ago in Canada, few days after giving birth.”
Actor Femi Branch recalled, “We were just mere colleagues until the day we had a certain discussion in Sagamu with Aunty ‘Fali Werepe’ and you rose in my defense. I have recounted this tale to more people than I can recall and in every instance, the mention of your sincere intervention was the highlight of my tale.
“That day, I knew the good hearted Moji Olaiya and for as long as I have the gift of memory, Mojisola Olaiya will remain embedded in my heart. Sleep well `Mj’. May God erect a canopy of protection over your children and the family you left behind. Lord, please stem this hand of death moving over our industry and please open our eyes to know that life belongs to you and only you can give it in abundance.”
Also, Actress Funke Adesiyan said, “Days like today should not exist. I refuse to believe the news of your untimely demise. I still don’t get why good people don’t last. You were a true soul. Beautiful in and out with absolutely no space in your heart to hate or pretend to love.
“You were so genuine. May Allah rest your soul and give your family the fortitude to bear this loss. It’s a sad day.
The Chief Executive Officer Okiki Films, Sunday Esan, said, “I’m currently in a state of grief and shock. Is it true that Moji Olaiya is gone? My good friend is no more; I will miss her personality, talent and humility.”
Source: Premium Times